UPDATE: Wildrose response to meeting request

Willdrose response

Thank you to everyone for sending your letters. This morning I received a message from the Wildrose. Please see below for that communication.

As I have promised, I take my role seriously as a representative of your concerns and will post updates on these communications publicly to ensure everyone is aware of what actions our politicians will take to ensure the highest standard of safety and care for children in Alberta schools.

Please continue to encourage the Minister of Education to schedule a meeting date before the end of the month by phoning his office 780 427 5010.

Message received from Wildrose Legislative and Outreach Assistant – May 12th, 8:36 a.m.

Dear Theresa,

On behalf of Leela Aheer and the Wildrose team you have included in your email, I would like to thank you for your invitation to receive the letters you have collected in person.

We will happily meet and believe it would be most effective to include Minister Eggen at our meeting, since he is the one who currently has the ability to resolve these issues that mean so much to so many parents.

To that end, we will contact his office and set at date here in Edmonton.

As always, we thank you for being such a tremendous advocate for Albertans, and look forward to seeing you.

Regards on behalf of MLA Leela Aheer

My reply – sent May 12th, 9:56 a.m.

Thank you for your email on behalf of MLA Leela Aheer and the Wildrose team.

I agree it would be most effective to include Minister Eggen in our meeting and appreciate your efforts to encourage him to attend.

Minister Eggen has spoken often of his desire to ensure a safe, caring, welcoming and respectful learning environment for all students in Alberta schools. To that end I am hopeful that he understands the importance of the concerns being voiced from citizens across the province and will make it a top priority to work with your office and schedule a meeting between the dates of May 17th and 31st. I look forward to receiving a meeting date soon.

However, one point of clarification: Please ensure in your communication with Minister Eggen that a meeting date before May 31st is scheduled and confirmed prior to Friday, May 19th.

If the Minister of Education declines to offer a meeting date then I would still expect a one hour in-person meeting with MLA Leela Aheer and Brian Jean before the end of the month in order to ensure that the Wildrose team is fully aware of the concerns being voiced by Albertans across the province, regardless of the Education Minister’s attendance.

Thank you very much to MLA Leela Aheer and the Wildrose team for working toward ensuring the highest standard of safety and care for all children in our K-12 school system.

Just a reminder that I will be posting these messages publicly on my Informed Albertans blog since I am advocating on behalf of so many people across the province who have entrusted me to represent their concerns.

Most Sincerely,
Theresa

 

UPDATES:

June 4th – Thank you to MLA Leela Aheer, Education Critic for the Wildrose Official Opposition, for meeting with me at her Legislature office on May 25th. Read my full update blog article for pictures and more details.

A good news day! And last call for letters!

a pile of letters

Two good news items to pass along tonight.

First, I had so many letters to pick up this afternoon that they didn’t even fit into the PO box. I had to go to the counter to pick up the huge bundle. Well done!

One last reminder that the deadline is tomorrow (Friday May 12th) to get your letters in the mail. The more letters, the better!  All letter-writing details are available HERE.

Second, I received a response from Jason Kenney, leader of the Progressive Conservative party, that he will meet with me next Friday May 19th for an hour, at which time I will bring copies of each letter I have received and discuss what can be done to address these concerns. My sincere gratitude to Mr. Kenney for understanding that the safety of children in schools is an issue of critical importance deserving of his time and attention.

I am still waiting to hear back from the Minister of Education and anyone in the Wildrose Party regarding scheduling a meeting to receive the letters of concern.  Please continue to phone their offices and remind them of their responsibility to stand up for all Albertans, especially the children in this province who deserve the highest standard of care in our K-12 schools.

Education Minister’s Office: 780 427 5010
Leader of the Official Opposition, Brian Jean: 780 427 1031
Wildrose Education Critic, Leela Aheer: 780 422 0315

Let these politicians know that anyone who deems it acceptable to provide resources to youth of a graphic sexual nature – including the Zebra: Sex from A – Z cards, or any of the sexually graphic material that was previously offered to children on the GSA Network – should not be entrusted with any further authority and influence over our K-12 education system.

When the safety and care of children are at stake, we must continue to demand that our elected representatives take a clear stand and ensure that these concerns are resolved.

I look forward to more politicians stepping up and sending messages soon that they will also meet in-person for an hour to discuss these important issues and the actions they plan to take.

UPDATES:

May 12th, 10:55 a.m. – A response has been received from the Wildrose and published on my blog. Please see update blog article “Wildrose Response to Meeting Request

June 4th – Thank you to Jason Kenney for taking an hour out of his busy schedule to meet with me on May 19th. Mr. Kenney was attentive and responsive to our concerns.  As he flipped through the binders he was especially impressed with the effort, time and expense that people from across the province put into writing and mailing personal letters. He received the binders and agreed to share them with the PC Education Critic, Dave Rodney. I have been speaking with Dave Rodney’s office to try and schedule a follow-up meeting with him as well.

How does promoting porn to kids save lives?

After publishing the blog article “The ABCs you didn’t know your kids could learn at school” on May 2nd, a few readers sent some important links that I was previously unaware of.

The first was a National Post article from nearly two years ago which describes how the Zebra: Sex from A-Z cards were provided to Grade 8 and 9 students in British Columbia after a presentation on healthy relationships.

 

CHEW zebra cards National Post article

 

According to the National Post article:

The card creators themselves say the cards were not meant to be distributed to minors in school.

“This resource in particular is for gay, bi, queer men,” said Chris Thomas, spokesman for the AIDS Committee of Toronto. “Generally, we use them in bars and bathhouses.”

Keep in mind that intended audience of “bars and bathhouses” as you consider how the cards are being justified for use with youth here in Alberta.

Dr. Andre Grace, the Director of the CHEW Project and a Director with the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS) at the University of Alberta, has provided a written document on the CHEW Project website which justifies the continued use of these controversial cards to an audience of youth, stating that “Lessons that young people learn from viewing these cards could help them to stay alive.”

Here are some questions for Dr. Grace and anyone else who considers these A-Z cards to be helpful for an audience of youth:

– Is it necessary to include graphic descriptions of felching, brown and yellow showers and auto-fellatio to effectively contribute to saving lives and better health for youth?

– While defending the A-Z cards, Dr. Grace cites statistics on soaring HIV and STI rates in Alberta, especially in the age category of 15 to 29 year olds.  Do the experts at the CHEW Project and iSMSS truly believe that a resource which promotes anonymous sex and use of pornography will lead to improved health outcomes for youth?

– Do the Zebra: Sex from A to Z cards reflect the highest standard of quality resources that the CHEW Project and iSMSS are capable of providing to the vulnerable youth who they claim to support?

– “CHEW” is an acronym for “Comprehensive Health Education Workers”, considered to be the provincial experts on comprehensive sex education (CSE). Are the Zebra: Sex from A to Z cards reflective of the kind of resources we can expect more of with the recent push by Edmonton Public School trustees for more “comprehensive” and “inclusive” sexual education in our new Alberta curriculum?

We know the CHEW Project and iSMSS are still currently and directly involved in Alberta’s K-12 education system, including offering in-school presentations during instructional time.  iSMSS also maintains full control of the GSA Network, which is still recommended by Alberta Education and continues to be authorized to collect registrations directly from K-12 children to “provide other community supports” (see my previous blog article to learn more about the “community supports” which used to be publicly available).

How is it that these same individuals/organizations can still be entrusted with positions of expertise, influence and authority over children in schools, especially when they continue to actively promote the Zebra: Sex from A to Z cards as appropriate for use with a youth audience?

We know the Minister of Education is capable of publicly expressing strong words of disapproval when it comes to guest speaker presentations which he deems inappropriate.

Aren’t similar public statements of denunciation warranted when representatives of organizations with authority over our K-12 education system legitimize resources for youth that promote porn and anonymous sex?

As many of you know, I sent emails last week to the Minister of Education, as well as the leaders and Education Critics of the Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties, requesting one hour in-person meetings to deliver the letters of concern I have been collecting and  hear what they will do to address these concerns.

Earlier today I sent follow-up emails to each of these politicians with the following text:

This is a reminder that I have not yet received a response to the email message I sent to you on Friday, May 5th.  The original message is included below for your reference.

Please reply prior to 4 p.m. on Monday May 15th to indicate when you are available between the dates of May 17th and 31st to meet together for one hour and discuss the concerns being voiced by citizens across the province, as well as the actions you will take to ensure these concerns are fully addressed.

As I’m sure you would agree, the safety and well-being of children in our province is an issue of critical and urgent importance.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,
Theresa Ng

For those Albertans who are concerned about these issues and want answers, please phone the offices of these politicians to remind them that this is still a topic of critical, urgent importance. Encourage them to reply to me by Monday afternoon with a date and time they are able to meet and discuss these concerns. The phone numbers for their Legislative offices are below:

Education Minister’s Office: 780 427 5010
Leader of the Official Opposition, Brian Jean: 780 427 1031
Wildrose Education Critic, Leela Aheer: 780 422 0315
Progressive Conservative Education Critic, Dave Rodney: 780 415 1325

And one last reminder: There are still two days left to get your letters in the mail (deadline Friday night) so please take action today.  All the details, including a letter-writing tip sheet, are available HERE.

Please take a stand and speak up for the safety of children in Alberta schools.

UPDATE:

May 12th, 11 a.m. – Responses have been received by both Jason Kenney, leader of the Progressive Conservative party, and the Wildrose team.  Please see updates published on my blog articles entitled “A good news day! And last call for letters!” and “Wildrose Response to Meeting Request

Your letters matter! Read messages sent to politicians today

Your letters matter Read the messages sent to politicians today

Thank you to each person who has mailed a letter regarding the sexually graphic material which was made available to K-12 children through an Alberta government-funded and recommended website.  Quantity of letters is extremely important and I urge you to write and mail your letter if haven’t already done so.

In my video I gave my word, promising that I would not let our politicians forget about our concerns. And I meant it.

Albertans expect and deserve the highest standards of care and professionalism from those entrusted with the care of K-12 children in schools.

When there has been such a severe violation of public trust and when the safety of children has been put at risk, then meaningful actions must be taken to ensure proper accountability.

Today I sent emails to a number of our elected representatives, requesting 1 hour meetings in order to personally deliver our letters, as well as hear from them directly about what actions they will take on this important issue.

Because I am representing the concerns of so many people across the province, I have informed these politicians that all correspondence with them will be posted publicly on my blog. Please see below for the messages I sent to them earlier today.

For anyone who wants to stay up-to-date on replies received and further actions that will be taken, I encourage you to subscribe to my blog in order to ensure all information is delivered directly to your inbox.

One more reminder: quantity of letters is extremely important. The deadline to get letters in the mail is exactly one week from today.

Please continue to email and share this information with others. All letter-writing details are available HERE. I assure you that each and every letter received WILL make a difference.

Thank you for speaking up for the care and safety of children in Alberta schools!

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To the Minister of Education

Dear Education Minister David Eggen,

If you are not yet aware of my letter writing campaign, I encourage you to watch my video and read the petition through this link:

https://informedalbertans.wordpress.com/sexually-graphic-material-to-kids-in-alberta-schools-what-you-can-do/

I would like to schedule a 1 hour meeting with you at some point between May 17 and May 31 in order to deliver the stack of letters I have been collecting and discuss the actions which you will take to address these concerns.

Donna Trimble, Sara Baril and myself were promised a follow-up meeting during our May 25th visit with you last year. Delivering these letters on behalf of concerned citizens across the province seems like a fitting opportunity for all of us to meet again and continue the dialogue we started.

These letters are not just pieces of paper. Each personally written page represents a concerned citizen – students, parents, grandparents and taxpayers from across the province – whose concerns deserve to be heard, valued and responded to.

As a representative advocating on behalf of many people across the province, I will be posting this message, as well as any replies received, publicly on my Informed Albertans blog.

Please let me know which date and time works best, in either Calgary or Edmonton.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,
Theresa Ng

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To the Wildrose Leader and Education Critic

Dear Brian Jean and Leela Aheer,

Thank you MLA Aheer for questioning the Minister of Education about the sexually graphic material on the GSA Network website on April 3rd.  As you know, this issue is of tremendous concern to citizens across the province who care for the safety of children in our K-12 education system.

I would like to schedule a 1 hour meeting with you both at some point between May 17 and May 31 in order to deliver the stack of letters I have been collecting and discuss actions which your party will take to address these concerns.

These letters are not just pieces of paper. Each personally written page represents a concerned citizen – students, parents, grandparents and taxpayers from across the province – whose concerns deserve to be heard, valued and responded to.

As a representative advocating on behalf of many people across the province, I will be posting this message, as well as any replies received, publicly on my Informed Albertans blog.

Please let me know which date and time works best, in either Calgary or Edmonton.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,
Theresa Ng

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To the Progressive Conservative Leader and Education Critic

Dear Jason Kenney and Dave Rodney,

If you are not yet aware of my letter writing campaign, I encourage you to watch my video and read the petition through this link:

https://informedalbertans.wordpress.com/sexually-graphic-material-to-kids-in-alberta-schools-what-you-can-do/

I would like to schedule a 1 hour meeting with you at some point between May 17 and May 31 in order to deliver the stack of letters I have been collecting and discuss actions which your party will take to address these concerns.

These letters are not just pieces of paper. Each personally written page represents a concerned citizen – students, parents, grandparents and taxpayers from across the province – whose concerns deserve to be heard, valued and responded to.

As a representative advocating on behalf of many people across the province, I will be posting this message, as well as any replies received, publicly on my Informed Albertans blog.

Please let me know which date and time works best, in either Calgary or Edmonton.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,
Theresa Ng

 

The ABCs you didn’t know your kids could learn at school

The ABCs you didn_t know your kids could learn at school

Are these the kind of ABC lessons approved by Alberta’s Minister of Education and Premier for K-12 children in our province’s education system?

F is for Felching:
The act of sucking semen from your partner’s butt, as if semen didn’t taste good enough already! Nothing says lovin’ like semen fresh from the oven. If you’re going to chow down on some ass-marinated semen, just know that you and your partner are at high risk for HIV and STIs.

G is for Glory Hole:
A hole in a wall intended to have anonymous sex through (often in washrooms, bars or bathhouses). Glory hole hallelujah! Whether you know who you’re fucking or not, use a condom with lube. Duh.

H is for Half and Half:
When someone sucks your dick and then your ass. It’s nice to split the attention 50/50. That way your butt won’t get some sort of inferiority complex. If you like eating butt, you might like to consider getting a hepatitis A and B vaccination from your local clinic.

These are just three letters from the “Sex from A-Z Cards”. If you want more, here is the link to the entire alphabet.

A few weeks ago I published a blog article exposing how the Alberta GSA Network, funded and recommended by the Alberta government, directed K-12 children to sexually graphic material. In that article I focused mainly on the content offered through “Fruit Loop”, which was just one of the 66 links provided to children as “Community Supports” on the Alberta GSA Network.

The day after publishing my blog article, 18 of the 66 community support links were taken down.

However, certain links with sexually graphic content continued to be listed for another three weeks, at which time the entire community supports section was completely removed from the website.

One of those links on the GSA Network was to a support group called the “Comprehensive Health Education Workers (CHEW) Project”, listed under Central Alberta.

community supports 03 drop down list CHEW highlighted

CHEW offers many resources on their website, including the “Sex from A-Z Cards”, which are provided with the following description:

Sex from A to Z is a set of cards intended for gay and bisexual youth. This is a fun and accessible resource that facilitates humorous and frank discussion among youth about sexuality and HIV and STI prevention. It can also be used by service providers as a discussion tool in workshops and training sessions.

CHEW Zebra cards description

CHEW Zebra cards on resources page

So here are some questions:

Does our Minister of Education consider it fun and humorous to direct youth in Alberta schools to information about felching, glory holes and the promotion of pornography?

How many Alberta parents are laughing right now, knowing their tax dollars funded a website which directed K-12 children to “support” groups offering resources like the Sex from A-Z cards?

Is this the most effective way Alberta Education, under the direction of David Eggen, can teach youth about HIV and STI prevention?

Are there any concerns that material presented to children specifically counseling them on the touching of their own bodies or the body of another person for a sexual purpose is in violation of sections 152 and 153 of the Criminal Code?

Incidentally, the CHEW Project is directed by Dr. Andre Grace, who is also the Faculty Director of the University of Alberta’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS), alongside Dr. Kristopher Wells.

CHEW Team

Not only was the CHEW Project offered as a community support on the Alberta GSA Network for K-12 students, but their organization also advertises in-school classroom presentations, claiming to offer the “real Sex Ed” when they visit your school.

CHEW sex ed workshops cropped

The CHEW Project and iSMSS, under the direction of Dr. Grace and Dr. Wells at the U of A, are indeed eager to get their “real” sex-ed into schools in any way they can. In fact, they are actively promoting their “comprehensive” sex-ed approach to trustees such as Marilyn Bergstra from Edmonton Catholic Schools who introduced a motion two weeks ago to lobby the Alberta government for more comprehensive sex-ed. Bergstra readily divulges on her personal blog that her motion was motivated by attending discussions at the U of A.

Her motion failed. But just last week Edmonton Public Schools Trustee Bridget Stirling put forward a similar motion, which passed 7-1.

Words are sneaky like that – “comprehensive” sounds convincingly positive, like something you would want for your kids. That is, until you realize the experts at iSMSS and the CHEW Project use “comprehensive” to mean educating children about all aspects of sexuality, including BDSM, sex toys, felching, glory holes and the promotion of pornography.

After publishing this article, will the Sex from A-Z cards disappear from the CHEW Project resource page, just like all the community support links disappeared after I pointed them out in March?

Does removing links and resources from a website after they happen to be found by a concerned citizen blogger provide any assurance whatsoever, especially when the Alberta government continues to entrust iSMSS and the CHEW Project with tremendous authority, influence and access to children in our K-12 education system?

Removing links on a website does not solve the problem. The problem is not the site, but the source.

I am a parent, taxpayer and trained teacher and I refuse to allow activists to masquerade as health experts just so they can exploit our school system and educate children about their version of the “real” sex-ed.

Time to speak up, Alberta.

Take 20 minutes. Write a one page letter addressed to the Minister of Education, but please mail it to me.

I will ensure copies of your letters are hand delivered to our Minister of Education and to the Education Critics in both the Wildrose and PC parties. Watch my video and get more details here.

Sooner or later each one of our MLAs and school board trustees will have to make a choice:

Will they continue to pander to their sex activist friends, giving them a free pass to our kids and our education system? 

– OR –

Will they take a stand to protect and care for the children of Alberta?

But it will only be a choice YOU can force them to make.

Make sure you let them know your votes will depend on how they answer.

Remember that your voice matters.  Not speaking up has a 100% success rate of accomplishing nothing and will ensure that “experts” offering resources such as the Sex from A to Z cards will continue to advance further into our K-12 school system.

Write your letter and mail it before May 12th.

*Please note:  Since filming this video on April 3rd, the entire “Community Supports” section of the Alberta GSA Network has been removed. If you are interested in viewing the links that were originally available, here is a PDF of all community support links and some screenshots: WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: GSA Network website supporting documentation

Read the original blog article: “Alberta government funds website directing K-12 kids to sexually graphic content

Mailing address: 
Theresa Ng
PO Box 92131 MEADOWBROOK
EDMONTON AB T6T 1N1

How are Alberta politicians like 2 year olds?

child on road

Imagine your two year old runs onto a road.

Your parent reflex immediately kicks in.

You run to your child. You take them away from the road and explain why roads are not safe places to play and explore.

Now imagine the next day your two year old runs toward a road again.

Will you just shrug your shoulders and say, “well, I’ve done my job to tell them once already. They should know better” and leave them be?

Not a chance.

In fact, you will instinctively do the exact same thing as you did before. You will run to your child and again bring them a safe distance away from danger.

One time, two times… or a hundred times if necessary.

If there is one lesson I have learned as a mother and an elementary school teacher, it is that children require tremendous amounts of repetition.

In fact, parents and teachers are often heard reminding children to listen, share, focus, say please and stay safe around roads – to name just a few examples.

Tremendous amounts of time and energy are expended toward these constant reminders. Why? Because they are viewed as an important investment toward a safer, healthier and more successful future for our children.

How are politicians like 2 year olds?

Over the past 16 months, I have communicated with thousands of people across the province, including parents, teachers, school administrators, lawyers, politicians and members of various faith communities regarding changes, challenges and choices affecting Alberta’s education system

During that same time I have participated in numerous advocacy opportunities including Facebook open letter campaigns, a Twitter campaign, online petitions, a huge rally and now a letter writing campaign.

Sometimes it is tempting to start thinking it’s not worth it: “What’s the use? We’ve already invested effort.  It doesn’t seem like the politicians are really listening. Why bother going through all of that again?”

But that is exactly when we need to remind ourselves how politicians are like 2 year olds.

Just as we have certain goals and standards for our children, so too we have certain expectations of our politicians.

And when our politicians are not meeting that standard – especially when it comes to ensuring the safety and health of our kids – then we need to let them know.

No matter how much we may sometimes want to give up, we persist. Why? Because we understand that politicians – like 2 year olds – sometimes require many, many reminders.

Sexually Graphic Material to K-12 children – make your voice heard

As many of you know, I published a blog article in March exposing how a government-funded and recommended website for K-12 students provided community support links that led children to sexually graphic material.

Within 24 hours of publishing that information on my blog, many of the links were removed. Three weeks later, the entire community support section was taken down. However, as I explain in the video below, removing links does not solve the problem.

The Alberta GSA Network, organized by the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS), was never meant to be a passive source of information for K-12 children, but an active network with a goal to “connect with local organizations, community groups, and schools across Alberta.

Many questions remain unanswered, including:

– Why does our Alberta government continue to entrust iSMSS, who has severely violated the public trust, with a position of authority over K-12 children in any capacity?

– Why is the Alberta government still allowing students to register their club online so iSMSS can continue to “provide other community supports” directly to children?

– Given the lack of competence demonstrated by iSMSS with vetting external links, why should Albertans have any confidence in how they are directing and connecting schools and students to local organizations and community groups?

– Why is the Alberta government allowing children in these school clubs to connect with external support groups with no accountability or oversight, yet is explicitly forbidding the notification of parents?

Albertans expect and deserve a much higher standard from those entrusted with the care of children in our education system.

When your two year old runs onto a road you will not hesitate to bring them back to safety and remind them that roads are dangerous places to play.

When your politicians endanger children by continuing to entrust their care to those who have demonstrated incompetence then you should not hesitate to communicate your concerns and demand action be taken.

Watch my video to learn what you can do to make a difference, including writing letters, maximum of 1 page long, that can be mailed to my address (PO Box 92131 Meadowbrook, Edmonton AB, T6T 1N1). More details available here.

The deadline of May 12th is quickly approaching and the more people who speak up, the greater our impact will be.

Let our MLAs, Minister of Education and school board trustees know that when it comes to the safety and health of children we will continue to be persistent, no matter how many reminders it takes.

Grade 9 student speaks out: Will the Minister of Education listen?

Grade 9 student call to action to Minister of Education

Thank you to Albertans across the province who have entrusted me with their letters of concern to the Minister of Education. If you have not already done so, please invest 20 minutes to write and send your letter to my mailing address.

Your words are personal, powerful and important.

One letter I received this week broke my heart, strengthening my resolve to continue advocating on behalf of children, parents and teachers.

I received permission from this Grade 9 student to share her letter publicly, on the condition of anonymity.

April 18, 2017

Dear Minister Eggen,

I am a grade 9 student in a Catholic School in Alberta. We have a GSA style club in our school, though under a different name. It is good kids get support, and find others to relate to.

That being said, I want you to know that my entire life I have struggled with an anxiety disorder. My greatest and most important support system has been my mom and dad. They have been there when no one else was, including teachers and friends at school.

Even when I tried to get help at school, I was told horrible things to my face by several teachers. Things like ‘shut-up’, ‘you’re being ridiculous’, ‘every other student can hold it together, so why can’t you’.

It took my mom calling to get me some support and even that wasn’t even enough.

Bottom line is that I would not have been able to survive had it not been for my parents.

My parents are Catholic but they have told me if was Gay they would love me anyway.

I do understand that this is not all parents and you should never have to be afraid to go home. But if you truly believe that your parents are going to be abusive for being who you are then other services should be put in place.

The danger of not telling parents is that kids truly won’t get the support that is desperately needed when you feel like you don’t know who you are and how to cope.

The other danger is that kids are getting special attention for just this issue, and so kids with other problems still have no where to go.

I have known two teens that have committed suicide, both in their grade 10 year. They weren’t part of the LGBTQ community. Where was their support? Where is mine?

Support needs to be in place for everyone.

Why are there posters all over my school for our GSA yet children like me are struggling and suffocating every day and we are left in the shadows.

There are a lot of at risk youth. You can help us all by improving actual supports in schools, like offering actual trained counsellors to all students, and including parents in their care. You should be spending money in schools to ensure children with mental health issues of all kinds are not forgotten.

I was lucky enough to have a support system at home but some families need help to talk. Why don’t you make helping parents talk to their kids the priority? Put money there. Then maybe the two kids I know, that now have no future, would be alive today.

Thank-you,

Grade 9 student – Living with anxiety, and still working at it every day,
Calgary, Alberta

 

While this Grade 9 student is perceptive enough to discern a more effective solution, our Minister of Education and many other MLAs have chosen instead to put politics before children, exemplified through edicts emailed to school boards and threats to codify the circumvention of parents into law.

Minister Eggen, why won’t you listen?

In order to best support children, we must encourage parental involvement in children’s lives, enhance communication between school and home and bring in more counsellors and qualified health/medical professionals to support the mental health needs of all students.

If you and your colleagues in the Legislature truly care about children then you will heed the words of this courageous student.