School board member defends remarks that transgender kids should be castrated

KREX-TVKatherine Svenson

Katherine Svenson

DELTA, Colo. — A Colorado school board member is standing by statements she made at a meeting last month in which she said transgender students should be castrated before being allowed to use restrooms that fit their gender identity.

KREX-TVKatherine Svenson

Katherine Svenson

Delta County School Board member Katherine Svenson made the remark at a school board meeting in October in reference to a recent law in California which allows students in kindergarten through 12th grade to use whichever student restrooms and participate on school sports teams that align with their gender identity.

Massachusetts and California have passed laws relating to calling a student, irrespective of his biological gender, letting him perform as the gender he thinks he is, or she is, and I want to emphasize, and they’re actually talking about joining girls sports teams going in the girls locker rooms and bathrooms, and I just want to emphasize not in this district,” said Svenson.

“Not until the plumbing’s changed. There would have to be castration in order to pass something like that around here,” she added.

KREX-TV first reported the remarks, and when confronted, Svenson defended her statements, and said she was alerting her fellow board members that these issues could soon be heading to their community, located southeast of Grand Junction.

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“I don’t have a problem if some boys think they are girls. I’m just saying as long as they can impregnate a woman, they’re not going to go in girls locker room,” she said.

While district officials say they respect Svenson’s opinion, they don’t necessarily agree with it.

Kurt Clay, Assistant Superintendent of Delta County Schools, told KREX-TV the district is intent on meeting individual kids’ needs.

“We truly believe in Delta County School District, that every student has different needs, and that we are here to address those individual needs,” Clay said.

Svenson did not respond to requests for comment from LGBTQ Nation.

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