Teachers, Parents Sue School District for Allegedly Concealing Children’s Preferred Gender Identity

Several teachers and parents are suing a Virginia school district for a policy that allegedly forces educators to affirm a student’s gender identity without informing parents, according to the lawsuit.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is representing the six individuals over allegations that the Harrisonburg City Public School Board is “usurping parents’ rights” by forcing school staff to affirm the school board’s view of gender identity. The lawsuit claims that staff members are required to call students by their preferred pronouns upon a student’s request.

“Upon a child’s request, school district policy requires staff to immediately begin using opposite-sex pronouns and forbids staff from sharing information with parents about their child’s request, instead instructing staff to mislead and deceive parents,” the Alliance Defending Freedom claims in a press release.

Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter on behalf of parents and teachers to the district in January, telling the board that its policy was unconstitutional. According to an ADF press release, the district proceeded to update its “Gender Transition Action Plan” by clarifying that students’ families will be involved when educators and counselors deem it “appropriate.”

Senior Counsel Ryan Bangert argued that the practice is deceptive and ignores the important role of parents in a child’s life. (Read more from “Teachers, Parents Sue School District for Allegedly Concealing Children’s Preferred Gender Identity” HERE)

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