Weeks ago I wrote about no longer wanting to be a teacher as the school system is serious pushing the TRA narrative. Furthermore, I mentioned working with a NB man who is really pushing his agenda and how we now have four single stall gender neutral bathrooms this year that the kids, and adults, have to share all because of this one special snowflake male employee with they/them pronouns.
A few days ago, a male student of mine asked to use the bathroom. After a while, he still wasn't back so I peeked out into the hallway and saw him standing against the wall. I called him over and asked why he hadn't gone to the bathroom yet and if all the bathrooms were occupied and this is what he said:
"The girls and us have this agreement where they use their bathrooms from last year and we use ours. It just feels weird not to and the one bathroom has the menstrual products in it for them. They need their space; it's not right."
I said I understood completely and let him go back to wait for the bathroom but I had to hold back the biggest of smiles. The fact that the 8th graders not only realized this on their own and pushed back against the idea of gender neutral bathrooms but that a 13 year old boy said such empathetic words about his female classmates and their needs was just so heartwarming. I have hope for the future.