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Calls for Resignation Grow After School Board Official Falsely Labels “Buff” Teenage Girl as Transgender

Calls for the resignation of Utah state school board member Natalie Cline have intensified after she falsely suggested that a girl playing on a high school basketball team was transgender in a now-deleted Facebook post.

The incident has sparked outrage from local leaders and advocacy groups, prompting demands for accountability and action.

Family Speaks Out Against Bullying

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The family of the high school student, who quickly became the target of threats and harassment online, has spoken out about the distress caused by Cline’s actions.

Adult Bullying a Child

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In an interview with Salt Lake City ABC affiliate KTVX, the girl’s father expressed outrage over the situation.

“They’re putting pictures of other people’s children on the internet and then allowing people just to bully a . It’s an adult bullying a child,” he said.

No Excuse

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He added, “It doesn’t matter what their agenda is or what they think they thought they thought — there’s really no excuse that can merit putting another person’s child on social media and then allowing them to be attacked.”

Cline’s Apology and Explanation

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Cline issued an apology on Facebook, acknowledging her mistake and expressing regret for the harm caused.

She attributed her false assumption about the girl’s gender to the teenager’s physical appearance, stating that she speculated based on the girl’s larger build.

Cline’s Post

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“We live in strange times when it is normal to pause and wonder if people are what they say they are because of the push to normalize transgenderism in our society,” Cline said on Facebook.

Accepting

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She later added, “We most certainly recognize that there is great variety within females when it comes to physical characteristics, and of course, we are accepting of these differences and want all girls to feel welcome in school sports.”

Suspicions

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“Sadly, our good faith efforts to be accepting of differences has, at times, been taken advantage of causing a loss of trust, which leads to suspicion about girls who are more buff than most.”

However, Cline’s attempt to explain her actions has been met with criticism and condemnation from various quarters.

LGBTQ Advocates

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LGBTQ activists and organizations have decried Cline’s post as harmful and unacceptable.

They argue that such incidents perpetuate transphobia and contribute to the stigmatization of transgender individuals.

Gender Policing

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Leroy B. Thomas from the National Center for Transgender Equality emphasized the broader impact of gender policing, highlighting the need for greater acceptance and understanding of diverse gender identities.

Political Leaders Call for Accountability

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Utah Gov. Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson have joined the chorus of voices calling for accountability in the wake of Cline’s actions.

Both officials have urged the Utah State Board of Education to take action against Cline, emphasizing the need to address past controversial statements made by the school board member.

Response from the State Board of Education

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The Utah State Board of Education has issued a statement expressing concern over Cline’s post and the harm it has caused to students and families.

While acknowledging the limitations of their authority to remove an elected official, the board has pledged to take prompt action and consider disciplinary measures in response to the matter.

Calls for Resignation

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LGBTQ advocacy groups, including Equality Utah, have echoed calls for Cline’s resignation, emphasizing the importance of protecting all students from discrimination and humiliation.

They warn against the dangers of moral panics and hysteria, highlighting the historical repercussions of such actions on minority communities.

Demands for Accountability

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As the controversy surrounding Natalie Cline continues to unfold, pressure is mounting for her to take responsibility for her actions and step down from her position.

The incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of fostering a culture of inclusivity and respect within educational institutions and beyond.

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