One elite girl’s school for grades 5-12 centered in Nashville, Tennessee, that was founded back in 1865 has officially unveiled a new policy that states that it will now be accepting biological males under the guise of its new “expanded” approach to the “concept of gender.”
With alumnae such as actresses Reese Witherspoon, Minnie Pearl, and singer Amy Grant, Harpeth Hall canceled the school’s yearly George Washington Day in 2020. However, its most recent forays into deeper political correctness sported a message to the parents of its students which has outlined a brand new guideline.
“As the world evolves, so do our students, explained the school. “The concept of gender has expanded and deepened over time. The members of our school community have asked good and important questions about gender inclusion and have looked for greater clarity on the school’s practices.”
The elite school was seemingly making reference to a student newspaper op-ed from March of 2021 that issued a complaint, saying, “While the school claims to support trans students, this support needs to be formalized. Additionally, practices must be implemented to ensure the inclusion of trans students because the assumption that all students at Harpeth Hall are cisgender and female does not accurately depict the student body and ostracizes trans students.”
“With this objective in mind, we have adopted the following guidelines that outline how Harpeth Hall approaches gender diversity within the context of our girls school mission,” read the message from the school out to the parents.
It went on to state:
Any student who identifies as a girl may apply to our school…. Harpeth Hall acknowledges the developmental journey of each student and recognizes that adolescence includes natural searching and questioning about many topics. For some students, this may include the question of gender identity and the desire to identify as nonbinary or use they/them pronouns.
Harpeth Hall approaches gender identity with understanding and open communication, rather than with shame or othering, and will provide a safe environment to partner with each student and family to consider the needs and requests of the student on an individual basis.
With what seems to be an ironic twist, school officials went on to say, “If a student communicates a desire to be identified as male or adopt he/him pronouns, we recognize that our school, being a girls school, may no longer be a place that serves that student well.”
The tor of marketing and communications for the school, Jessica Bliss, issued a response to the public’s reaction to the school’s new direction.
“We are and always have been an all-girls independent school,” she expressed. “There has been no change to Harpeth Hall’s admission application process which is open to any female student.”
She concluded, “Each girl is unique in her own way.”