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Pennsylvania Teacher Reinstated After District Suspended Him for Not Using Trans Students Preferred Pronouns

Pennsylvania Teacher Reinstated After District Suspended Him for Not Using Trans Students Preferred Pronouns

One of the many students who defended the teacher: “I don’t think he deserves this and I think that people should have the right to express themselves and have their beliefs and I don’t think he should be suspended because of that.”

The last week was quite a whirlwind for biology and anatomy teacher Daren Cusato, who teaches in the South Side Area School District in Beaver County, PA.

The school district suspended Cusato last week when he refused to use a transgender student’s preferred pronouns.

Cusato’s wife explained the district put him on administrative leave because he did not comply with the policy to refer to students by their preferred pronouns since it went against his Christian beliefs:

When the district sent a letter to faculty and staff mandating they comply with those pronouns, Cusato reportedly refused and said that practice goes against his Christian beliefs and his background in biology.

“Love the sinner but hate the sin,” said RJ Cusato, Daren’s son. “We don’t support what they’re doing but still love the person. He doesn’t have any problem with the students. We have no problems with the kids at all, he just doesn’t want to support what they’re doing. He doesn’t want to give them a pat on the back if they’re doing something he doesn’t think is right.”

A bunch of students protested Cusato’s suspension outside of his classroom. Lillian Zakutney said: “I don’t think he deserves this and I think that people should have the right to express themselves and have their beliefs and I don’t think he should be suspended because of that.”

Over 400 people attended Wednesday’s school board meeting. More than 40 of the people who spoke to the board showed support for Cusato:

“My uncle Daren is standing up for what is right, even though he is standing by himself. I am thoroughly embarrassed that South Side School District has taken this arbitrary stance in choosing to align with the one percent,” his niece said.

“I am standing up here tonight to ask you to separate these two things: the very divisive but trendy topic of pronouns and the precedent that you are setting, which is that teachers need to modify their engagement of students based on how that student feels,” another said.

One woman derided the district for acting in what she perceived to be a fear of “getting sued.”

“We shouldn’t be afraid of being sued. Fine. If you want to sue us, sue us. Let’s take it to the Supreme Court. Let’s take it all the way,” she said.

The district reinstated Cusato and suspended the policy forcing teachers to use preferred pronouns.

The board wants “to write a new policy on the subject at a future meeting.”


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naure made us binary, anyone who doesn’t like that is an IT.

    Joseph K in reply to JohnSmith100. | October 7, 2022 at 3:21 pm

    We are not “binary”. Binary is a mathematical abstraction. We as living creatures are bi-modal with a high degree of sexual dimorphism. It is a much easier position to defend.

      JohnSmith100 in reply to Joseph K. | October 7, 2022 at 3:52 pm

      I have a grandson telling me he is trans, he is not old enough to know, because he is not done with puberty yet. When he argues with me about this, I tell him he is male and that anything else makes him an IT.

      He has since he was a little boy, relentlessly schemed to gain control over adults. I suspect that his trans claims are a means to exert such control.

      I have compared degree of sexuality to PH for his benefit, still, except in rare cases, we are either male or female hardware wise.

        Male Female Intersex. I actually had a brief discussion with the latter, and it is their preferred term. I am sorry about your grandson.. I think it is a fad, for the most part. Why couldn’t they just swallow goldfish?

          NavyMustang in reply to amwick. | October 7, 2022 at 4:56 pm

          The hula hoop was a fad.

          This is abuse which, when carried to its final end, has permanent consequences. This will blow up in the enablers’s faces in the future. Hope they have good security and/or LOTS of money in the bank.

          henrybowman in reply to amwick. | October 7, 2022 at 5:53 pm

          At least goldfish, unlike laundry detergent, weren’t intrinsically poisonous.

          JohnSmith100 in reply to amwick. | October 7, 2022 at 5:58 pm

          I am sorry, but I have pretty much written him off. He has intentionally caused over $10,000 of damage to stuff on my farm, and I have been injured as a result of his BS. I am in my 70s and fell down a steep incline. I didn’t break anything, pure luck.

          I have told him that everyone is eventually held accountable. When we have children we try to teach them right and wrong, and when they are no longer children then they are expected to become productive law abiding adults. That applies regardless of race. He insists that illegals, or blacks should not be held to the same standards,

          By the way, his indoctrination happened in a Canadian school.

        Joseph K in reply to JohnSmith100. | October 7, 2022 at 5:46 pm

        The media these kids are fed tell them relentlessly that adults are either wicked or dolts. Look at how adults are portrayed.

      Fantasywriter in reply to Joseph K. | October 7, 2022 at 4:00 pm

      Have you done much research into preferred pronouns? Here are just a few–not really even scratching the surface:








      Barry in reply to Joseph K. | October 7, 2022 at 7:04 pm

      Horseshit. If you have a Y chromosome you are a male. Not and you’re a female. That’s it. One or the other, binary.

        BobM in reply to Barry. | October 8, 2022 at 7:41 am

        You’re correct for 99.9%+ of folks. There are folks with other than one X one Y – but they’re much much less than one in a thousand. And expression is not guaranteed – ex : violent tendencies strongly correlate to one such chromosomal difference but it’s far from universal.

        Other than that I will allow there’s a spectrum of gender identity – my baby brother “identified” as gay – but that didn’t make him a woman. As Churchill said “If I say a dogs tail is a leg how many legs does that dog have?”Answered “Five”. “No, four. Saying something doesn’t make it so.”.

        You can “identify” as another sex, a unicorn, a Vulcan, a robot, or a walrus. We can be polite in return and play along but it’s a bit much to make it illegal to to be impolite by not playing along.

          BobM in reply to BobM. | October 8, 2022 at 7:53 am

          In addition it’s more than a bit much to require others to use special made-up pronouns. It’s on a par with a student requiring teachers to refer to him/her as “your majesty” – it’s a power trip move. You might as well require the teacher to do the “I’m a little teapot” whenever they address you.

          Compelled speech (by law) is an affront to a free society and a abrogation of the rights of the targeted individual.

          lc in reply to BobM. | October 8, 2022 at 8:20 am

          I don’t think it’s a good idea to feed a delusion, so I wouldn’t go along with using their “preferred” pronoun. I have never been put in that position, thankfully.

          Gosport in reply to BobM. | October 8, 2022 at 7:02 pm

          Being polite and playing along with their sexual dysphoria, real or fabricated, is enabling behavior. It makes us complicit in their issue.

    Binary sexes: male and female. Binary sex-correlated genders (i.e. attributes): masculine and feminine, normally distributed. And a fringe transgender spectrum disorder (e.g. homosexual). Trans = state or process of divergence.

    I’m in IT. I don’t know why you are blaming IT. We invented machines that count in binary.

    Good for him. But I find it alarming that victims of trans mafia bullying have to resort to tenuous religious belief arguments in order to prevail.

    I don’t see this as a Christian ideology matter. And framing it as such gives ammunition to the trans mafia against Christians.

    Victims of trans mafia bullying should fight back with an argument against compelled speech and more critically, that the entire pronoun ideology is just nonsense. Don’t give the trans mafia any leeway.

Common sense prevails.

Hmm, teaches anatomy and biology. No wonder he’s not buying into the delusions, those subjects are hard sciences that don’t allow for such subjective garbage. Additionally, there are actual rules about the use of pronouns in the English language and nobody should be forced to violate them.

It’s time to recognize that people are playing the system, and some of them are the students. If one teacher has blue hair and tells them they can make up their pronouns, the pronouns get wilder and wilder. If another teachers refuses to use the pronouns, they scream oppression. They are kids, and it absolutely baffles me that so very many school administrators fail to understand that these results are inevitable.

Meanwhile, being trans has become a fad, and the kids themselves may be dumb enough to demand “gender affirmative” treatment, because they are kids, and have not one clue what they are asking for. The results are predictable.

By Any Other Name.

The story of my transition and detransition. – Helena

    jb4 in reply to Valerie. | October 7, 2022 at 4:38 pm

    Schools are lacking “adults in the room”. It seems more important these days that administrators be popular with the kids.

District Lawyer said With a s#!t eating grin,,,, I will love to defend this!!!!!!………. This will pay for that yacht I always wanted as well as put my 5 kids through school. Plan on having no money for the next 10 years I will become rich, even while loosing the case!!!

I don’t care if someone wants to be Jack or Diane. Go to CT and get your name changed then wear gender normative /affirming clothes. Then adopt the traditional traits of the gender you have decided to try on. If you want to be male then be masculine, if female be feminine. Assuming that you have received a diagnosis from a credible physician v a physician who has a financial incentive to assist your transition. Don’t forget your Parents permission, you can fill for emancipation if that’s an issue.

Do that under 18 and then at adulthood if you want to pay to have parts swapped then go for it, but stop this androgynous or gender fluid BS. Pick one and stick with it. No changing in the middle of the day. No trying to force people to cosplay that you are some sort special category that is both or neither.

Do that and I will be inclined to respect your wishes and address you with a reasonable pronoun that reflects your appearance, attitude and overall presentation. Otherwise you called weirdo.

    Dimsdale in reply to CommoChief. | October 7, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    And don’t expect the non weirdos to pay for it: get a job or start a GoFundMe. I am sure they will not object to this.

    Barry in reply to CommoChief. | October 7, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Not I. If you were born a male, you will always be a male no matter what you cut off or drugs you take or bits you add on. Until one can alter their entire DNA to remove (or add) Y chromosomes they will remain the gender of their creation.

      CommoChief in reply to Barry. | October 8, 2022 at 7:48 am

      If Jack has the gumption to cut off his manhood I am absolutely going to respect his commitment to her newfound female persona. Not for those under 18 but as an adult if Jack can demonstrate that level of commitment to become Diane then sure, if not though its just cosplay.

        Milhouse in reply to CommoChief. | October 9, 2022 at 1:17 am

        That’s pretty much where I am. If they have the commitment to have surgery, then I’ll accept that; if the surgery isn’t 100% effective it’ll do until something better comes along.

        But I also think that if someone is cosplaying, for most ordinary social purposes it’s polite to play along and not make them break character; but this is just manners, not an obligation. And manners are not always called for. Sometimes — not often — rudeness is called for, and at such times I reserve the right to be rude and point out that the reality hasn’t changed.

        As for children, it’s normal for them to play pretend, and generally adults should go along with whatever they say they are today, whether it’s a princess, a cat, or a sailboat. But you don’t lose sight of the fact that it is pretend.

    malclave in reply to CommoChief. | October 7, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    “I don’t care if someone wants to be Jack or Diane”

    Good luck finding a Tastee Freeze. Maybe that’s part of the problem.

    Life goes on long after the thrill of living is gone.

      CommoChief in reply to malclave. | October 8, 2022 at 7:56 am

      We had a DQ not at a tastee freeze in my small town down South growing up but I didn’t feel cheated. No Diane in my HS class but we did have a Carol Lee and a Bobbie Jo. We held a 35 year reunion this fall which was a blast. I had missed the 20 and 30 due to military service and it was a hoot to see them again.

Saw a Educators for Shapiro sign on way home within the hour.
With Marxists in charge this might not happen again being let off the hook.

Trans/homo? Trans/bi? Trans/neo, quasi, pseudo? Trans-social? #Judgment #TooManyLabels

BierceAmbrose | October 8, 2022 at 12:11 am

Simple “misgendering” would have been an easy day in the PA highschool I attended, and the others I saw. Most think I turned out well enough, tho I do identify as a super-intelligent shade of blue: my pronouns are that song.