Disgraced former Energy Department official Sam Brinton may officially be gone from the federal government after he was outed for allegedly stealing women’s luggage from two airports but his impact on the nation’s schools will endure.
As one of President Joe Biden’s prized diverse appointees, the ex-deputy assistant secretary of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition, a flamboyant, brazenly kinky, cross-dressing LGBTQ activist was a hero of the “woke” left for being the historic first “gender fluid” government official but his short and bizarre tenure came to an end this week when the Department of Energy confirmed that Brinton was no longer employed by the agency.
Brinton’s legal troubles over the alleged pilfering of suitcases from airport baggage areas in Las Vegas and Minneapolis could end up with him facing jail time but his legacy lives on as one of the driving forces behind a model policy on transgender kids that has been implemented at schools across the nation which keeps “unaffirming” parents in the dark about potentially suicidal kids’ sexual orientation and gender identity.
Prior to his making history with the federal government, Brinton served as the head of advocacy and government affairs at the Trevor Project, an influential nonprofit organization that focuses on suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth where he helped to craft the “Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention,” saying that it was “imperative” that suicide prevention policies in schools be “LGBTQ competent.”
According to the model policy which was also contributed to by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the American School Counselor Association, and the National Association of School Psychologists, severe restrictions are placed on what school officials are allowed to communicate to parents if a potentially suicidal child identifies as gay or transgender.
“In addition, our research shows that more than half of LGBTQ youth are not out to a single adult in school; these policies show LGBTQ youth, out or not, that their school is a safe place for them to learn, and that school staff are prepared to help them in times of crisis,” said Brinton in a 2019 press release.
BREAKING: Las Vegas police have released a mugshot of Sam Brinton, an ex-Biden administration official charged with stealing luggage in Vegas and Minneapolis. pic.twitter.com/BAEAtdoNQl
— Alpha News (@AlphaNewsMN) December 14, 2022
“While parents and guardians need to be informed and actively involved in decisions regarding the student’s welfare, the school mental health professional should ensure that the parents’ actions are in the best interest of the student (e.g., when a student is LGBTQ and living in an unaffirming household),” according to the model.
“Recent research shows that LGBTQ youth who are rejected by their parents are at a much higher risk of depression, suicide, illegal drug use, and unprotected sexual practices,” the model continues. “Conversely, acceptance and support by family results in higher levels of self-esteem, lower levels of suicidal ideation and self-harm incidents, and better overall physical health.”
In the “Special Considerations” section of the model, schools are not to provide parents or guardians with the student’s sexual orientation or gender identity without explicit consent from the student.
“When a parent is notified of perceived suicide risk or an attempt, it is essential that the school maintain student confidentiality related to personal information such as sexual orientation or gender identity, especially when the student has not already disclosed to the parent or guardian and does not want it shared,” according to the model. “Information shared should be restricted to the perceived risk of suicide or facts of the attempt.”
“Disclosing a student’s sexual orientation or gender identity without their explicit consent can in some cases endanger the student and at a minimum will impair the rapport developed with the professional,” the model continues. “Through discussion with the student, the principal or school-employed mental health professional will assess whether there is further risk of harm due to parent or guardian notification. If the principal, designee, or mental health professional believes, in their professional capacity, that contacting the parent or guardian would endanger the health or well-being of the student, they may delay such contact as appropriate.”
“Consultation with another mental health professional is recommended before taking such inaction,” the model reads. “If contact is delayed, the reasons for the delay should be documented. Legally, the parent should not be contacted and Child Protection Services should be notified if abuse or neglect is suspected.”
Nicki Neily, founder and president of the national grassroots group Parents Defending Education told Fox News Digital, “Parents love their children and want the best for them; we desperately want to be involved in their lives so that we can help our family members thrive, both personally and academically,”
“It is unconscionable that a document created by associations, which parents trust — such as the school counselors and school psychologists — would imply otherwise,” she said. “This is a deliberate attempt to undermine familial relationships, which are very difficult to rebuild once damaged.”
Among state education departments that have adopted at least parts of the model are Arizona, Idaho, and Virginia as well as school districts in states including California, New Hampshire, and Oregon.
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