Are we putting kids at risk?

On May 13, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education delivered a “Dear Colleague Letter” on transgender students.

Schools that don’t comply face the loss of federal funding. This directive will steal the hope of love and life from a percentage of the 50 million students currently enrolled in public schools across our nation and countless millions of children to come.

First, we have to understand what qualifies a person as “transgendered.”

According to the directive’s glossary of terminology: “Gender identity refers to an individual’s internal sense of gender.”

“There is no medical diagnosis or treatment requirement that students must meet as a prerequisite to being treated consistent with their gender identity.”

That means that to qualify as transgendered, a person only has to state that they feel like a boy or a girl to be treated as such. Furthermore, the letter states that “gender transition can happen swiftly.” A boy or girl can “feel” like a boy at one moment and then “feel” like a girl the next moment.

What does that “feeling” entitle any student to do? Any boy or girl can now choose to use a boy or girl bathroom, locker room or housing (i.e. hotels, dorms). For example, a 285-pound male senior lineman can enter a locker room where a 93-pound freshman girl is changing clothes. He can strip naked and take a shower if he chooses. On the other hand, a promiscuous girl could enter a locker room full of boys and do the same thing. No staff member will be able to deny them this “right.”

That is terrible. However, it does not touch the real tragedy. Please let me digress. Imagine on the first day of first grade we gave each student the task of choosing how to spend all the money they would make in their lifetime. Of course we would never do that to first-graders because they don’t have the wisdom to make decisions like that.

However, millions of first-graders are going to enter their schools in August 2016 with the task of making lifelong decisions about their gender. Love and life is what is at stake.

What relationship is more important than marriage? In the first grade, they will have the opportunity to make decisions that could jeopardize the possibility of a marrying a member of the opposite sex.

What happens to children that fail at this decision process at six years old? They aren’t just making decisions that will affect their marriage. These decisions will affect their ability to ever have children in a traditional home.

By “traditional,” I mean, what has been accepted and practiced by every civilized nation since the beginning of recorded history.

What about grandchildren?

What is more important than marriage and family, love and life?

This is the decision that 6-year-olds will be making this fall.

Aaron Arrowood is a minister at Apostolic Pentecostal Tabernacle and a private school administrator at Seymour Christian Academy. Send comments to