Teen girls belittled for t-shirts at 4-H event in Washington State: 'My pronoun is nor/mal'

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GRAHAM, WA - Teen girls at a 4-H competition at the Pierce County fair in Washington State took heat for the team t-shirts they chose. The shirts read, “My pronoun is nor/mal.”

The girls were a part of the 4-H equestrian team competition in August called the Groom Squad. During the event, teams were awarded extra points if they showed up in matching shirts or outfits.

Once their shirts were discovered, a representative of the Pierce County Extension 4-H, Brian Brandt, spoke with the girls about it without their parents present.

Brandt alleged that the shirts were offensive to "marginalized" communities and violated “discrimination and harassment” laws. He also said that someone using different pronouns might feel "abnormal" reading their shirts.

The Post Millennial obtained a statement by one of the girls involved to Washington State University (WSU), which is host to 4-H in the state.

The young girl, Sydney Smith, wrote, "My dad saw what was happening and came over to be part of the conversation and to make sure I was okay. I barely know Brian Brandt and he made me feel very uncomfortable when he wanted to talk to me without my parents being there...and I know my friends felt this way too."

According to Smith, another parent, who was not involved with the situation, came over during the conversation as well and yelled at her. That mother, Smith said, told her she had "no business wearing that shirt" and that she needed to take it off. 

"I was scared and felt harassed and discriminated against by both Brian Brandt and the other parent," she said in the letter. "I felt very unsafe with them and still do. For the rest of the fair, I made sure I was never alone and had one of my friends or parents with me or close by."

Reportedly, Brandt also approached Smith's mother, who is also a parent volunteer, Donna Person Smith, to tell her she needed to take down a social media post that showcased the girls' t-shirts.

Person Smith appeared on local radio's The Ari Hoffman Show to discuss the incident. "It was not a blanket rule that there are no 'words' or 'pronouns' on shirts," she said, "just that he gets to decide which 'words' or 'pronouns' are allowed.

This is not only unfair, it is a violation of my daughter's right to free speech and free expression. Brian Brandt specifically targeted these girls because of his personal interpretation and opinion about the shirts -- not based on any actual rule violation."  

Brandt's assertion that the shirts violated “discrimination and harassment” laws was questioned. 

"When I asked Brian what rule the shirt violated, he was unable to provide one," Person Smith said. "He simply stated there are federal, state, and local laws against harassment and discrimination. I told him I was relieved to hear this and wanted to know what he and 4-H were going to do about the harassment and discrimination towards my daughter for how she chose to express herself. He did not respond."

Another parent, Audra Doll, also spoke with Hoffman and said she feared her daughter now has a target on her back due to Brandt's actions. 

“My biggest concern," Doll said, "which I told him today, is he put a target on our 15-year-old daughters’ backs by writing a statement saying that these girls by 'choosing to wear these T-shirts at a public event created a less safe, less welcoming and, for some, a seriously harmful environment for other youths and adults.’

“Brian responded to that public complaint with the full knowledge that it insinuates our daughters were purposely creating a dangerous environment for the LGBTQ+ community, which is a disgraceful and a dishonest portrayal of the facts.

The truth of the matter is by issuing that response to someone, unknown from the public, he made this environment unsafe for our daughters by putting a target on their backs and he put them at genuine risk for someone unstable to seek retaliation against these girls.”

A post was made on Facebook by a woman named Zoe Bowens complaining about the t-shirt situation.

She posted a response that cut off who sent it, but was clearly by someone claiming to have some authority within 4-H.

"The volunteer who led this event for years will not be leading it next year and we will train the new leader on the appropriate clothing," the author wrote. 

 “The shirt suggests that anyone with non-binary or gender-expansive pronouns are not normal," the email response said.

"Choosing to wear the shirts as a team at a public event representing 4H led to the creation of a less safe, less welcoming, and for some, seriously harmful environment for other youth or adults.”
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Americans are tired of being sheep to the ABC community of pronouns and they pushed back. Good for them and how unprofessional and childish for the man who decided to take it upon himself to corner these girls and come after them without their parents around. That's how the bully left operates. Cowards go after children instead of asking who their parents were asking to speak to them. I hope the parents push back and make life uncomfortable for him to invade other people's children's space without proper consent. I don't care what the girls had on their t-shirts. The fact of the matter was it wasn't his business to correct them or even speak to them. The left shows little regard for others and blasts their perversion on us... Time to stand up and say Get Out of Our Space, We will think and say what we feel is right for ourselves and our families.




For some reason people who choose to express themselves in a civil manner are creating unsafe, unwelcome or hostile spaces for their opinion unless it is part of the sordid radical garbage we are being spoon fed by the alphabet Marxists. We have to stand firm for our First Amendment Rights just as we must allow them theirs, always remembering that there are, or should be bounds. Those bounds would be the actual calling for violence against another person or group for their just disagreeing with your stand. It is ridiculous to believe that the shirts these girls wore were, in any way, creating a hostile atmosphere. As a LEO I quickly learned that it is typically the loudest person at a scene that is the problem, that is pushing a violent confrontation, and not the rest. In this case the only person causing an unsafe, hostile environment is Brian Brandt. Brandt broke the cardinal rule when wanting to approach underage children, doing so without their parents present. Then his verbal attack was, if anything there was violent, the most violent act, followed with his pushing this public. Brandt reminds me of the wife beater who always tried to convince the LEO that the wife deserved it, drove him to it to justify beating on her. Basically, the alphabet gang has become bullies, following the craziness of many of our elected officials these days, shouting down anyone who dares to voice their own opinion unless it is in lockstep with theirs.


Looks like more conservative, "nor/mal" people need to file more lawsuits. It's the only way we are going to be able to keep our Constitutional rights which are under attack. Maybe when some of the liberals and other alphabet people have to start shelling out big bucks they will get the message. It's amazing to me that we are letting 1% - 3% of the population dictate policy in the entire United States!

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