“claim the district’s policy affirming transgender students’ identities violates the US and Massachusetts constitutions”
Four parents are suing the school committee and some administrators in Ludlow, Massachusetts over a policy that hides gender choices kids make at school from their parents.
The current policy forbids the school from discussing this with parents without the child’s consent. This is a middle school.
Keeping secrets from parents about anything that concerns their kids in school is outrageous. It’s just amazing that the people who work in these schools can’t see that.
Jeremy C. Fox reports at the Boston Globe:
Four parents sue Ludlow Public Schools for policy that affirms transgender children
Four parents have filed a lawsuit against the Ludlow School Committee and several school officials claiming they have violated their rights by choosing not to tell parents when children seek to establish a new gender identity at school, court records show.
Stephen Foote and Marissa Silvestri, parents of two children in Ludlow schools, and Jonathan Feliciano and Sandra Salmeron, who also have two children in the district, claim the district’s policy affirming transgender students’ identities violates the US and Massachusetts constitutions, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in US District Court in Springfield.
The lawsuit does not identify the policy.
But the Sunday Globe Magazine reported in September that the Ludlow schools allow students to choose their own pronouns and names, and that school staff cannot discuss a child’s gender identity with a parent, without the child’s consent.
But in their lawsuit, the parents say the district has not adopted a formal written policy on the practice, in violation of a state requirement, according to the 58-page filing.
Foote and Silvestri’s objections to the policy began when their child’s sixth-grade class at the Paul R. Baird Middle School made a video in which students were asked to state their gender identity and preferred pronouns, according to the filings.
2. Defendants’ protocol and practice of concealing from parents information related to their children’s gender identity and efforts to affirm a discordant student gender identity at school violates parents’ fundamental rights under the United States and Massachusetts constitutions and violates children’s reciprocal rights to the care and custody of their parents, familial privacy, and integrity.
Why are sixth grade students making a video at school about their gender identity and preferred pronouns? Public schools should be teaching kids math, reading, science, and history. They are not a lab for experimentation with social justice and gender identity. These parents have every right to be outraged.
The Daily Mail has more details:
The narrative of the 58-page lawsuit focuses mostly Foote and Silvestri’s biological female child, identified only as B.F.
The suit says that B.F., then an 11-year-old sixth grader, was given an assignment with others in her class in September 2019 to make a video describing their gender identity and preferred pronouns.
‘The videos of their children were created without the parents’ knowledge or consent and it remains unknown how these videos were used or who was allowed to view them,’ the suit states.
Months later, B.F. met virtually with a teacher in December 2020 to discuss mental health struggles, including insecurity, low self-esteem, poor self-image, and a perceived lack of popularity.
B.F. also told the teacher that she believed she was attracted to other girls, and had been watching YouTube videos saying that she was born that way. The child added that she was not sure how to talk to her parents about getting help, the suit says.
Oh, YouTube videos told her she was born that way? How fascinating.
If you question transgender activists or policies about anything, you risk being banned on social media sites. If however you are affirming transgender ideas, you can pretty much say anything you want.
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