Elementary teacher claims autistic kids ‘may experience gender queerness more’

by Chris Lange

Chris Lange, FISM News


A Virginia elementary school special education teacher recently claimed that autistic children “may experience gender queerness more than other students” and that “there are trans kids of every age.”

Carly Hughes, who works in the Multi-Intervention Program for Students with Autism at Virginia’s Long Branch Elementary School, made the outrageous claims last week at an Arlington County school board meeting, The Daily Wire reported

Dressed in a t-shirt emblazoned with “Say Gay” in rainbow letters, the self-described “queer” special education teacher told board members that “autistic students, the population I work with, may experience gender queerness more than other students,” in a clip that quickly went viral on Twitter. 

Hughes explained in the video that her studies at the University of Mary Washington have given her unique expertise on the subject of queer special needs students.

“In May, I graduated with my Master’s in special education,” Hughes boasted from the podium. “I did my master’s study on ‘queer inclusion in public schools’ specifically because of the rise of anti-trans hate in public schools across this nation. My study told me that including trans students in all spaces is best practice,” she continued, adding, “It also told me that there are trans kids of every age.”

The comments drew a visceral response on social media.

“This woman should never be allowed near children … ever.  Elementary school. What?!” one user tweeted.

“Parents, this teacher might be nice as pie, but she’s a danger to your kids,” father and anti-trans indoctrination activist Billboard Chris wrote in a tweet. Notably, his profile has been flagged by Twitter as containing “potentially sensitive content.”

A staggering number of public school districts throughout the U.S. have been overtly complicit with the progressive movement to sexualize young children, from secretive efforts to “transition” kids to school-sponsored explicit drag shows. Hughes’ remarks, however, are suggestive of something even darker: the exploitation of vulnerable special needs children to support their radical agenda.

The Daily Wire cites veteran psychologist Dr. Kenneth Zucker, who runs Canada’s largest childhood gender clinic, who said that the tendency of autistic children to fixate on a “special interest” makes them particularly susceptible to transgender propaganda.

“It is possible that kids who have a tendency to get obsessed or fixated on something may latch on to gender,” Zucker said. “Just because kids are saying something doesn’t necessarily mean you accept it, or that it’s true, or that it could be in the best interests of the child,” he added.

Hughes said she attended the school board meeting to speak out against Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s proposed state-wide school transgender policy revisions which, among other items, would bar teachers and other school personnel from encouraging or otherwise assisting students in gender transitioning without parental consent. 

“The proposed model policy on trans students is just one of my many issues I have with Glenn Youngkin,” Hughes said. 

The new model policy also includes a requirement that students use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their biological sex. Participation in school athletics would also be segregated by biological gender unless federal laws require otherwise.

Nearly 60,500 people so far have submitted comments on a public comment forum on the policy revisions, which opened on Sept. 26 and ends on Oct. 26.