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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A Florida teacher’s note requesting that fifth graders try to use gender-neutral pronouns in the classroom has parents divided, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

Chloe Bressack, a new math and science teacher at Canopy Oaks Elementary, greeted parents in a letter saying: “One thing that you should know about me is that I use gender neutral terms. My prefix is Mx. (pronounced Mix)… My pronouns are ‘they, them, their’ instead of ‘he, his, she, hers.'”

Bressack added that “students catch on pretty quickly,” even though it “takes some practice for it to feel natural.”

Saying the goal was not “perfection,” but that students make an effort, Bressack wrote, “My priority is for all of my students to be comfortable in my classroom and have a space where they can be themselves while learning.”

According to the paper, comments on the letter in a Facebook group called “Tally Moms Stay Connected” revealed a division between two camps of parents, either strongly in favor or strongly opposed to the idea.

Canopy Oaks Principal Paul Lambert told the Tennessee Democrat that the school supported Bressack’s “preference in how she’s addressed,” and said the teacher’s only agenda is “teaching math and science at the greatest level she can.”