Albuquerque district: Teachers can say ‘boys and girls’

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – An Albuquerque elementary school principal has apologized for telling teachers it wouldn’t be acceptable to call students boys and girls.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Carlos Rey Elementary principal Judith Touloumis issued the apology this week after remarks in her PowerPoint presentation to teachers and staff made national news.

In that presentation, she wrote “from August 8, 2016, our students at Carlos Rey will be collectively addressed as ‘students, Coyotes, engineers, scientists, mathematicians, etc.’ No longer will it be acceptable to call our students, ‘Boys and Girls.'”

Albuquerque Public Schools spokeswoman Monica Armenta says Touloumis copied and pasted information from an LGBT advocacy group that does not represent district policy.

Armenta says the misunderstanding was blown out of proportion by the media. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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