Stuff co.nz 11 December 2017Family First Comment: Shocking!“Earlier this year a form issued by the Children’s Commissioner in Brighton asked children to define their gender with 24 options including “demi-girl”, “bi-gender” and “tomboy”.”Ten-year-old children are being asked by the British National Health Service (NHS) whether they are “comfortable with their gender” in official health surveys being completed in schools, it has emerged.The form given to children in year six asks: “Do you feel the same inside as the gender you were born with? (feeling male or female).”Youngsters are also asked to tick a box to confirm their true gender, with options of “boy”, “girl” and “other”.Parents have been told that the NHS survey helps healthcare workers and teachers develop “better ways to understand and support” children who may be struggling with their identity, but it is not known whether individual children will be approached for further support based on their answers.MPs and parents claimed the question was intrusive and could confuse children, amid growing concerns in some quarters over the inclusion of transgender issues in primary schools. The form, issued by the Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, is thought to have been sent to schools across the county and it is unclear whether the initiative has been more widely adopted.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/99754045/trans-survey-british-school-children-asked-to-confirm-their-true-gender
Congratulations to the 2018 Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame class as reported by Ron Raver. Dan Kerker and Shelly Meyer Prickel of Batesville, Gene Wagner of Holton, Larry Bauman of Sunman, and Ryan Sparks of Jac-Cen-Del.This group will be introduced between the Boys Concellation and Championship games of the Ripley County Tournament held in Batesville on Saturday, January 6th. They will then be honored at a banquet at the Batesville Middle School Commons the second Saturday of May.