(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- A school official in Rhode Island is receiving criticism after saying that “misgendering” a child who is allegedly trans is an “act of violence” that must be handled properly.
Jennifer Lima, a North Kingstown district school committee member, was formerly in charge of enforcing “anti-racist” regulations in the district’s educational institutions.
In a Facebook post she published earlier this month on her official committee page, Lima acknowledged that “some may find the use of the word violence in this post harsh.”
Lima said that the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community that either result in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation, is how the World Health Organization defines violence.
She said any act of violence in our schools that creates an unsafe environment (physically or emotionally) by or for any school community member needs to be dealt with accordingly.
Lima claimed that the article addressed “psychological violence.” She believes that when done purposefully and repeatedly, misgendering someone is an act of psychological abuse and should be dealt with as such.
Lima advised that “investigating and penalizing such instances in the same way as any other biased-based assault” would be the “proper response.”
Meanwhile, Lima offered a contradictory statement, saying, “I fully believe in the First Amendment’s guarantees for free speech.” “I do not feel the post means using improper pronouns should be treated with violence.”
Senior Fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum Nicole Solas questioned her justification.
According to Solas, also from Rhode Island, “responding accordingly” means you take physical and frequently violent measures to defend yourself if you fear you are the target of violence.
“Her tacit invitation to violence against those who disagree with her extreme ideology is her public demand for students to ‘respond proportionately’ to imaginary violence,” concluded Solas.
She incites a hostile, paranoid climate at school, making violence more likely due to her frantic assertion that peril lies around every pronoun.
Children should not suffer as a result of her insane search for a gender ideology utopia in the North Kingstown School District, Solas continued. Before someone is harmed, she should step down due to her reckless and dishonorable behavior.