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School nurse suspended after voicing concern for 11-year-old being put on sterilizing drugs

The nurse's Facebook post was reportedly brought to the attention of the school administration after the child's mother flagged it to school officials.

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A school nurse in Connecticut was suspended on Monday after revealing on Facebook that an 11-year-old female student is on puberty blockers and that the school administration is allegedly not informing parents about students changing their gender identities, keeping it "a secret" with the "help of the teachers."

Kathleen Cataford, a 77-year-old nurse at Richard J Kinsella Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut, wrote concerns to a local mom's group on Facebook about the curriculum being taught in Connecticut schools, the Daily Mail reports.

"Investigate the school system curriculum...CT is a very socially liberal, gender confused state," the nurse's Facebook post in question reads. "As a public school nurse, I have an 11yo female student on puberty blockers and a dozen identifying as non-binary, all but two keeping this as a secret from their parents with the help of teachers, SSW [social workers] and school administration."

'Teachers and SSW are spending 37.5 hours a week influencing our children, not necessarily teaching our children what YOU think is being taught," she added.

Cataford's post in Connecticut Mom's Club Facebook group

Cataford pointed out the anti-science decision of allowing children to receive puberty blockers when the steralizing drugs are known to cause serious lasting harm. She said that formative brain development continues until individual reaches their early 20s, "hence laws prohibiting alcohol, vaping, and cannabis."

Puberty blockers can have irreversible negative effects that can impair the user's health later in life, such as sterility and the inability to attain orgasm. However, those in favor of puberty blockers claim they can save trans lives, mentally.

The message was brought to the notice of Hartford School District officials after the mother of the 11-year-old mentioned it and reported it.

Hartford Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez issued a statement condemning Cataford's remarks, but did not name the nurse.

"Hartford Public Schools strives to provide an inclusive environment where all students feel seen, valued, respected, and heard. We uphold all of our staff to a high standard, entrusting them to be caretakers and leaders in the community. We as a school district are responsible for the health, well-being, social and emotional development, and safety of ALL of the children entrusted to our care. It is our responsibility to support our students' growth, personal experiences, and social-emotional development," the superintendent's statement reads.

According to the statement, the district also announced that they launched an internal investigation and said they "took immediate action" to remove the nurse in question from the school while officials investigate the matter.

The student's family, who wished to remain anonymous over privacy concerns, expressed satisfaction with the school's handling of the complaint.

"As a family we are very happy with how thoroughly and quickly the school and the district has taken action to both ensure the nurse is fully investigated and ensure the safety and privacy of our child. They could not have done a better job," relatives told local news station WSFB3 in a press statement.

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