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.