Parents Sue School for Facilitating 'Social Gender Transition' against Their Wishes
12-year-old girl was pulled from 'woke' public school over anti-parent policy
Outraged parents are suing their school district after discovering that "woke" teachers were found to be facilitating "social gender transitions" of their children, against their wishes.
The lawsuit against Kettle Moraine School District in Wisconsin was filed on Wednesday.
It alleges that district officials concealed information regarding children’s gender identity from parents.
A 12-year-old girl was pulled from her public school after the parents learned the district had begun to "social transition" the child behind their backs.
The complaint says the so-called "transition" involves "presenting to others as the opposite sex, primarily by adopting a new name and pronouns."
Parents insist that the "gender transition" action was against their express wishes.
The lawsuit was filed November 17 by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) and the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) on behalf of two sets of parents.
"[T]he Kettle Moraine School District has a policy, whether written or unwritten, allowing minor students to socially transition to a different gender identity at school without parental consent, and even over the parents’ objection,” the complaint says.
The parents of the 12-year-old girl chose not to have her "transition" and informed the guidance counselor and principal of Kettle Moraine Middle School, according to the complaint.
The principal then said he would have to talk to the school district to determine if respecting their decision was possible under its policies.
On Jan. 20, the principal informed the parents “when their daughter returned to school, school staff would refer to her using whatever name and pronouns she wanted while at school, even over her parents’ objection,” the complaint said.
The parents then immediately pulled their daughter from the Kettle Moraine School District.
The complaint went on to reveal that after a few weeks of being pulled from the school, the child “changed her mind about wanting to transition to a male identity, deciding instead that she wanted to continue using her birth name and female pronouns.”
"Parents’ rights to direct the upbringing, education, and mental health treatment of their children is one of the most basic constitutional rights every parent holds dear,” the director of the ADF Center for Parental Rights, Kate Anderson, said in a statement.
"Yet we are seeing more and more school districts across the country not only ignoring parents’ concerns but actively working against them,” she added.
"The school policies allow the school to encourage students to identify with a gender that is not in accord with their biological sex, then the school under the policy can hide information from parents and even lie to parents about it,” she told the Daily Caller.
A similar policy was put in place by the Oshkosh Area School District, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
"You know, many parents might think that transitioning’s appropriate and fully support it," Luke Berg, a deputy counsel for Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, told the Daily Caller.
"And you know, if that’s the case, then the school should respect those parents’ decision on that, but other parents might believe this isn’t what’s best for their kid.
"And the schools need to respect those parents’ wishes as well.”
Berg said a lawsuit filed over a similar policy that sought to override parental objections in February 2020, Doe v. MMSD, is currently on appeal with the Wisconsin Supreme Court over preliminary injunctions in the case.
Similar policies were in place in school districts across the country, and mentioned cases in Maryland, Virginia, and Florida.