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A "helpline" for children that is being promoted to children in Colorado schools has been found to be bringing up the idea of suicide when troubled youth call, according to a new report.
And the promotions for the service publicly bash parents.
It is a report from Fox News that describes how a Colorado mother, and parental rights advocate, posed as a 9-year-old to contact the state line.
As the conversation concerned the "child's" poor feelings, but without any reference to suicide on her part, the "counselor" on the line asked, "Has this brought up any thoughts of killing yourself?"
"I was sickened," Lori Gimelshteyn told Fox News Digital. "My first gut instinct is, oh my gosh, we have to protect these kids."
It was Gimelshteyn, the chef of the Colorado Parent Advocacy Network, who posed as a child and contacted the line.
She explained she told the person answering the line she was "just sad" and wanted to be a boy, according to screenshots shared with Fox by CPAN.
"I think I am trans but don't want anyone to know [sic]," Gimelshteyn texted.
The person on the other end said it can "help to explore your gender identity on your own terms before discussing with others," then asked, unsolicited, if this has "brought up any thoughts of killing yourself?"
The "counselor" also said the information in the messages would not be seen by the child's mom, and then the "counselor shared a link to the Trevor Project," Gimelshteyn said.
A spokesman for Colorado Crisis Services declined to confirm or deny the messages.
"Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people," explained Marc Condojani, of the state Behavioral Health Administration. "We want to make sure that the young people know that they're seen, that they're valued, and that that help is available if they're struggling."
While the line reportedly is intended to help someone in a crisis, such as depression, grief, suicidal thoughts, trauma, and more, "parents in the Cherry Creek School District flagged Gimelshteyn about posters promoting the crisis line in their local elementary school," the Fox report said.
The promotion posters, in fact, say, "My family is great at pointing out my faults," and "My family never fails to cause frustration and stress."
A Cherry Creek official said the posters are "required by state law."
The report confirmed that two other CPAN members "also texted the crisis line in late October, posing as sad or bullied 11-year-olds."
"Neither brought up suicide or self-harm, but in screenshots from both examples, a crisis specialist asks whether the sadness is 'making you want to kill yourself at all,'" the report said.
The report said the state, which holds an extreme leftist, pro-abortion, pro-LGBT ideology, created CCS with a budget of $31 million, of which about 10% goes to the crisis line.
"Why are you engaging with somebody, 9-year-olds, and telling them that you're not going to tell their parent about it and then giving them resources to explore their gender identity?" Gimelshteyn asked.
Fox reported that retired Morrison, Colorado, Police Chief George Mumma helped CPAN craft the plan, but he said "it's not okay" that counselors are telling kids to keep secrets from parents.
"As a parent, I don't want somebody telling my child that they're the trusted adult and they can keep the secrets from me. And that's exactly what's been going on."