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MBA Journey: Utah School Board Member Criticized for Controversial Post about Student Athlete



Last Updated on February 8, 2024 by Robert C. Hoopes

Utah Governor and Lt. Governor Condemn State Board of Education Member for Controversial Social Media Post

In a recent development, Utah Governor Spencer Cox and Lt. Governor Deidre Henderson have publicly denounced State Board of Education member Natalie Cline for her social media post regarding a high school student athlete. Describing her behavior as “unconscionable” and “embarrassing,” the Governor and Lt. Governor have expressed strong disapproval towards Cline’s actions.

Cline’s controversial post, which sparked outrage among parents and the LGBTQ community, inferred that the student athlete might be transgender. This led to a string of transphobic comments and cyberbullying in the comment section, targeting the student in question.

The parents of the targeted student have since called for Cline’s resignation while speaking out against cyberbullying. They emphasized the importance of creating an inclusive and accepting environment for all children, so they can feel comfortable being who they are.

Responding to the backlash, Cline defended her actions, stating that she was merely sharing a public advertisement for a basketball game and did not make any claims about the student athlete’s gender. However, a lawmaker who sponsored a bill banning transgender girls from competing on girls sports teams criticized Cline’s behavior, affirming the student’s gender identity.

Expressing deep concern over Cline’s post, the Granite School District has taken precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of the targeted student. The district remains committed to fostering a supportive atmosphere, free from any form of discrimination.

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This is not the first time Cline has faced public scrutiny for her social media posts. Previous incidents have resulted in reprimands from the State Board of Education, raising concerns about her judgment and ability to fulfill her responsibilities effectively.

In response to the controversy, LGBTQ advocacy group Equality Utah has called for Cline’s resignation. They are urging voters to deny her a second term in office, emphasizing the need for elected officials who advocate for equality and inclusivity.

This incident sheds light on the ongoing challenges faced by transgender individuals and the importance of creating a safe and supportive environment for them. It serves as a reminder that public figures, especially those in leadership positions, must exercise caution and promote respect and inclusion for all members of society.

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