Apr 9, 2016 11:59 AM
Fliers take on school's transgender policy with warnings of pedophiles
CANDIA - Fliers that read “PEDOPHILES are Coming! WARNING!!” are circulating in response to a proposed school policy that would offer protections to transgender students.
“It’s absolutely disgusting. It’s fear-mongering. It’s people that are trying to prey upon other people’s fears. We’re talking about children, and they immediately made a leap to talking about aggressive sexual predators,” School Board Chairwoman Nicole LaFlamme told the New Hampshire Union Leader. She said she did not know who posted the fliers.
The fliers appeared before the board's Thursday night meeting about the policy, which is similar to policies being adopted in other New Hampshire school districts. The policy says that transgender and "gender nonconforming" students can access the restroom that fits their gender identity.
The fliers also say the policy would “allow BOYS & GIRLS to use the SAME bathrooms/showers.”
The bottom of the flier lists the website www.girardatlarge.com, which is the site for the Manchester-based radio show “Girard At Large,” hosted by Rich Girard. It also lists Ann Marie Banfield and her blog , “Oh My Blog,” which appears on Girard’s website.
Girard and Banfield said they didn't know anything about the fliers, and whoever posted the fliers did not have permission to include their names.