Texas Childcare Center Manager Fired for Refusing to Refer to Girl as Boy

Kirksey-compressedKATY, Texas — A childcare center manager in Texas says that she was recently fired for refusing to refer to a little girl as a boy at the parents’ request.

Madeline Kirksey, a Christian, served as manager of Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center in Katy until late last month when she and another worker were terminated over the situation.

According to reports, the parents of the six-year-old girl had asked the center to begin referring to the girl as a boy and provided the new boy’s name that they were to use. The parents had also cut the child’s hair short so that she looked more like a boy.

While administrators at the center, an educational childcare facility for ages six through twelve, did not have an issue with the parents’ request, Kirksey did not feel comfortable with following through with it. She suggested that the other parents be informed, and expressed concern about speaking to the other children at the center about transgender matters.

Kirksey said that she thought the little girl herself was confused about her gender.

“One day, she wanted to be a girl [and] the next day she wanted to be a boy,” she told Fox26 News in Houston. “The other kids are confused as well, calling her a boy and she would start screaming, ‘I’m not a boy!’”

Kirksey soon received a letter advising that her employment was being terminated. It stated that “[w]hen requested by parent and management to call a transgender child by the child’s new name, Madeline does not follow instructions.” The letter also said that she also failed to tell another worker to leave the game room.

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The center had distributed guidelines to workers to explain how they were to “handle transgender students.”

“The transgender student will tell you how best to handle themselves. Let them tell you what they want, and accommodate their desire for most appropriate pronouns, grouping (boy/girl), etc.,” the guidelines read in part. “If gendered bathroom and locker room usage is problematic, establish neutral facilities, available to all if possible, that the transgender student can safely use. But allow the transgender student to affiliate according to their own wishes, never by force.”

Another worker at the center told reporters that she was likewise fired for expressing her concerns about the matter.

Both the parents and the center have refused to comment on the matter to the media.

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  • Wow! The S&G train is really picking up steam….

  • InHisGrip

    My 6-year old child wants ice cream for dinner. I guess I should respond “according to their desires.”
    This stuff is getting out of control and until regular people start standing up, then things will only get worse.

    • John_33

      The child is obviously deeply troubled since the article says that she switches from identifying as a boy or a girl throughout the term. Considering her “parents” demanded that she be only called a boy even though she identifies as both (she knows she’s a girl), it’s obvious where the confusion started. How bad is it when society tolerates and sanctions child abuse? Future generations will wonder why society tolerated this insanity.

      • Ambulance Chaser

        The article said, but provided no proof. If the parents are to be believed, the child consistently wants to be a boy.

  • it’s my opinion

    Have you noticed how fast this crap is escalating since Barry has taken over. Gays, transsexuals, police hate, racism, riots–etc.???

    • Amber Halvorsen

      Yes because people are sick and tired of being discriminated against because of who they are. It’s a civil rights revolution and one I’m in support of. However I feel that 6 years old is too young to allow a child to make big decisions about their gender. I feel they are not mature enough. However if they’re just cutting her/his hair and letting them dress as what makes them comfortable I am fine with that. But if they are going to start pumping the child with hormones and providing surgical corrections I would think it’s too permanent and too soon.

    • Names_Stan

      Have you noticed how fast this crap is escalating since Barry has taken over. Gays, transsexuals, police hate, racism, riots–etc.???

      What has escalated is the need for media and websites to come up with dozens of new “stories” every single day.

      It is because of these continuous posts that many people make the mistake of concluding that one-off anecdotes are trends.

      They aren’t trends, unless documented as such by professionals who understand valid sampling within statistics.

      The fact is, not very many years ago, our daily dose of “stories” would’ve been limited to the space of a newspaper and a half hour newscast. But today, multiple 24-hour news channels and hundreds of websites bounce information off of each other, each picking up whatever they need depending on their audience.

      What websites like this one need is daily anecdotal “proof” that this comfortable country we live in is instead a horrendous existence. Their readers, who already believe this narrative, simply allow the anecdotes to further influence their cognitive bias.

      The scientific term for this is “mass hysteria”.

    • afchief

      It’s a reflection of 0bama’s leadership (if that ain’t an oxymoron) i.e. lawlessness, lying, open homosexuality, etc, etc,etc.

      What do these seemingly separate actions have in common?

      Criminals set free
      Ebola introduced into the US
      No border enforcement
      Gitmo detainees set free
      Police persecution
      Religious persecution
      Crookedness in Federal agencies
      Lack of healthcare (Obamacare)
      Iranian nuclear capability
      More Muslims, more ISIS, more BLM
      weak military with politicized leadership
      Gun confiscation etc etc etc

      This not about the trees (the separate actions and issues). This is about the forest (0lawless’s main goal). 0liar’s ONE issue is CHAOS. With CHAOS comes control (“I will protect you”) and control necessitates a powerful leader. A powerful leader is a TYRANT.

  • Ruth Davis

    This is nothing new. People are lost to facts. There is no such thing as transgender, xy male, xx female , that’s what determines gender and you can’t change that. Transgenital, is where you can change the external hardware , but the genes, and chromosomes remain unchanged. Take these facts to the white house and all this mess would stop. A boy is a boy and girl is a girl.

    • Ambulance Chaser

      The American Psychological Association disagrees with you. Do you know more about gender psychology than the APA?

      • Georgia Girl

        The APA also listed homosexuality as a mental disorder in the 1970’s and before until the GAY MAFIA pitched such a fit that they eventually gave in & changed it. They also recommend putting everyone on psychiatric drugs at the least hint of depression. They are quacks.

        • Ambulance Chaser

          Cite, please. For both of those.

          • Georgia Girl

            Research it yourself. Sorry, I’m busy.

      • jenkins_laurence

        She clearly does.

      • Ruth Davis

        It doesn’t matter what they disagree with, because they are all about the money , not the truth.

        • Ambulance Chaser

          Um, no, they’re not. But proving scientific evidence isn’t a matter of playing the “who’s biased” game.

          If you’d like to refute their evidence, feel free. Where can I read your paper?

          • Ruth Davis

            It’s called the HOLY BIBLE

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Your paper on gender psychology is called the Holy Bible? That seems like a silly name for it.

          • Ruth Davis

            That your point of view. If we are made in the imagine of GOD . Show me transgender.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            What do you mean “show me transgender?” You want evidence that transgender individuals exist?

  • WGB

    That is ridiculous. Next week she will want to be Katy Perry or Rihanna. Should they have to call her Katy or Riri as well.

    • wit brown

      and the next week after, she may want to be Justin Beiber….and what would the school do?

  • Faithwalker

    We are truly living in the end times. For we as Christians are at the point of having to make life choices based upon our faith. Choices to walk away from jobs when they conflict with our beliefs. As we read and hear everyday Christians are being terminated from their jobs because they refuse to bow to the god of this world, vilified, marginalized, and hated. God will bless this young woman and her colleague with another job opportunity because they chose to stand on God’s truth as to the child’s identity.

    I come to give a word of encouragement to all who are sanctified born again believers. If we keep our eyes and hearts stayed on our Lord and Savior who is our Redeemer. While maintaining a posture of perseverance, trials and tribulations may come, but they will not conquer our faith or our joy in Christ.

    Romans 5:3-4 And not only this but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;

    Matthew 5:12 Rejoice and be glad because great is your reward in heaven.

  • “She would start screaming, ‘I’m not a boy!’” The poor kid is a plaything of the roaring devil.

  • acontraryview

    She was fired because she refused to follow the policy where she worked. No doubt all those who show such great support for businesses operating according to their beliefs must be supportive of this business doing so, no?

  • MamaBear

    The girl goes back and forth between identifying as a girl or boy, so her parents cut he hair and give her a boy name? Sounds like the parents are trying to create a “transgender” problem. When I hear stories like this involving small children, I start wondering how much of transgender is parent created.

    • Nidalap

      Could be the new mod thing for the “in” crowd. So cool and edgy to have a
      ‘transgendered” child… ::Shudder::

  • Ruth Davis

    Christians should stand on their beliefs , no matter what the Devils says.

  • FoJC_Forever

    The parents are mentally and emotionally abusing this child. The child doesn’t believe she is accepted and valued, so she is seeking to be someone and something else. Gender roles are created by God to establish our differing functions in relationships and society. Sin is moving people to confuse these roles, and this has been happening since the Fall in the Garden of Eden.

    Follow Jesus, find Truth.

  • wit brown

    This is a classic case against the feminist ideas of “it take a village to raise a child”. For this village is filled with too much junk, influencing our babies.
    God gave instructions to parents ( especially mothers) to train or raised up a child. The Village is NOT responsible for training or raising up our babies. But when mothers won’t make the necessary sacrifice to take that responsibility as a priority , then the “village” will do the job and this will happen.
    Who knows what is the impact on the other children, looking on at the confusion.? Suppose those innocent children thinks it is “quite cool” she is what she feels and please.

    Good that Ms. Kirksay takes a stance, but too little too late, the seed of “gender confusion” and “gender neutrality” has been sewn and is bearing fruits as is evident with the child’s parent and the culture.
    what’s next? maybe another child may want to be a “dog” and the parents would issue instructions accordingly.And if anyone refuse to honor the wish of the parent, i hope they too are fired.