The parents of a 12-year-old middle schooler are suing their local school district after it allowed their daughter to begin a “social transition” to the opposite gender against their wishes.
The Daily Caller reports that the parents are suing Kettle Moraine School District (KMSD) in Wisconsin after administrators said their daughter would be referred to by her preferred name and pronouns while at school, though the parents made clear they were against it.
“Written or unwritten”
According to a letter sent to Gary Vose, the president of the KMSD school board, by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the 12-year-old girl “began to experience rapid onset gender dysphoria, along with significant anxiety and depression” in mid-December.
At that point, she was briefly taken out of school and treated at a mental health center. Nonetheless, the lawsuit claims she was encouraged by school officials to accept that “she was really a transgender boy” and she was encouraged “to transition to a male identity.”
When the student returned to school, her parents explained the situation and asked the school to refer to their daughter by her legal name and using feminine pronouns. The school refused.
“[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 suit claims, according to the Daily Caller.
School district hit with lawsuit
Besides the girl’s parents, two other families have joined the suit to prevent the school district from allowing students to go by different names and pronouns without their parents’ permission.
Luke Berg, the lead lawyer for this case, put out a statement explaining that he hopes the case will reaffirm parents’ rights to make decisions about the upbringing of their children.
“Schools cannot override parents when it comes to decisions about their children,” Berg said, according to Breitbart. “Students’ decisions about what names and genders pronouns they prefer are no exception. Schools must defer to parents about what is best for their child.”
“Changed her mind”
Reports and the suit claimed the 12-year-old girl later “changed her mind” about wanting to undergo a gender transition after being pulled out of school.
The lawsuit states: “About two weeks later, she 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.”
According to Breitbart, the suit says the girl told her mother that “affirmative care really messed me up,” and adds that the “rush to affirm that she was really a boy added to her confusion and fueled anger towards her mother.”