School District Sued after Teachers Tried to Convince Girl, 11, She Was Transgender
Teachers taught girl how to bind her breasts to stop them from developing
A California mom is taking legal action against her school district after two teachers allegedly “secretly manipulated” her 11-year-old daughter into believing she was a transgender boy.
Jessica Konen filed a legal claim against Spreckels Union School District as a likely precursor to a lawsuit.
Konen alleges that Buena Vista Middle School teachers Lori Caldeira and Kelly Baraki manipulated her daughter into believing she was bisexual before convincing her she was a transgender boy.
Konen also claims the teachers, who ran the "You Be You" equality club at the school, told her daughter how to bind her breasts to stop them from developing.
The mother said she was clueless about what was going on until December 2019 meeting.
Konen says her daughter was happy to identify as a girl after schools closed and went remote during COVID, suggesting being away from he influence of the teachers was the reason.
Caldeira and Baraki are believed to have "stalked" social media for children they thought could be transgender.
A legal claim states the Spreckels Union School District was responsible for “extreme and outrageous conduct,” which led to the child moving towards transitioning as a boy, driving a wedge between mother and child.
Since filing the case, Attorney Harmeet Dhillon said she heard from parents across multiple states claiming their children were subject to “secretive trans grooming” by school officials.
“Parents are supposed to have access to all the educational records of their children," said Dhillon, who filed the case.
“The concept that the schools have a right to be running secret, don’t-tell-your-parents clubs and don’t-tell-your-parents programs and actively coaching children how to mutilate themselves, which is you know, not growing your breasts, is certainly not consistent with California law.”
Konen said she was unaware her daughter was identifying as a boy until she was called to a meeting by the school.
She was not told the reason for the meeting until her daughter entered the room.
“I literally was caught off guard. I was blindsided,” Konen said.
“I didn’t even know what to feel like because I didn’t even know where it came from.”
Konen said her daughter began returning to her "old self" after the school went to remote learning during the pandemic in March 2020.
As The Daily Mail reported:
In a leaked recording from a California Teachers Association conference, Caldeira and Kelly Baraki discussed how they kept meetings private and ‘stalked’ students online for recruits.
“When we were doing our virtual learning - we totally stalked what they were doing on Google when they weren’t doing school work," Baraki said.
"One of them was googling ‘Trans Day of Visibility.’ And we’re like, ‘Check.’ We’re going to invite that kid when we get back on campus.”
In November, the teachers were placed on administrative leave after the district said, “many of the comments and themes stated in the article are alarming, concerning, disappointing” and didn’t reflect their policies.
The California Teachers Association critised the lawsuit, saying it used the case to raise money for its cause.
“We are concerned about a political climate right now in which outside political forces fuel chaos and misinformation and seek to divide parents, educators, and school communities for their own political gain, which is evident in this complaint,” spokeswoman Lisa Gardiner said.
“The Center for American Liberty is concerned with pushing its own political agenda through litigation and has filed multiple lawsuits against various school districts and communities.”