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Hartford school nurse suspended for posting about LGBTQ student’s medical care

A Connecticut nurse has sparked a controversial debate online after she was suspended for sharing personal information about students at his school.

It’s unclear which specific school in Hartford, Connecticut was affected, but school superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez explained the situation and the schools’ actions in a letter sent to parents. .

The nurse allegedly sent comments that were “totally inconsistent with what [the school officials] represent.”

Through a personal social media account, the nurse sent harmful messages containing information about the health of students at the school.

The Hartford school nurse voiced anti-LGBTQ statements in a Facebook comment.

Health officials are held to high standards in the pursuit of care for others, including confidentiality. A healthcare professional is generally expected to protect the information of those in their care. A school nurse seems to have let the children at her school down in this regard.

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77-year-old nurse Kathleen Cataford said in her public Facebook post, “Investigate the school system curriculum…CT is a very socially liberal and gender confusing state.”

“As a public school nurse, I have an 11-year-old college student who is having puberty blocking and a dozen who identify as non-binary, all but two of them keeping it a secret from their parents with the help of teachers, SSW [social workers] and the school administration.

Superintendent Torres-Rodriguez said of the message that Hartford Public Schools “does not tolerate any language that could be detrimental to our community. The nurse has been placed on administrative leave while the district investigates.

Some information about how the school assessed the position can be taken from the superintendent’s letter.

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In the letter to parents, Superintendent Torres-Rodriguez wrote“Hartford Public Schools strives to provide an inclusive environment where all students feel seen, valued, respected and heard. We hold all of our staff to a high standard, entrusting them to be stewards and leaders in the community. »

Online, some people defended the nurse.

The school has come under fire as social media users have falsely claimed that Cataford has exposed the school for providing children with puberty blockers without their consent.

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However, Cataford did not make that claim in its commentary. She simply said the school did not disclose that some of the students identified as non-binary.

Hartford Public Schools is investigating the incident as the nurse has been placed on administrative leave.

It’s pretty well known that medical professionals are expected to keep their patient’s information confidential and that includes any medications the person might be taking.

At this time, it’s unclear exactly why Cataford thought the position was worth compromising student confidentiality.

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