A group of Christian teachers that work at a California middle school have sued officials from their school district regarding policies that they claim force them to conceal the transgender status of their students from the children's parents.
The lawsuit comes on the heels of remarks made by President Joe Biden earlier this month regarding the national Teacher of the Year when he indicated that the government knows better than parents when it comes to raising children.
Biden began by quoting the teacher who said, "There's no such thing as someone else's child," before adding his own statement, "Our nation's children are all our children."
The lawsuit, Miarabelli v. Olson, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California on April 27 and lists officials with the Escondido Union School District (EUSD) which is in San Diego County, as the defendants, along with officials from the California State Board of Education.
The lawsuit was filed in response to the school district's recent policies that affect transgender and gender-diverse students, in grades K-8.
Under the policies, teachers are required to assist with a student's transgender "social transition" by using any pronouns or a gender-speific name that the child requests be used during school hours. Teachers are also required under the policy to revert back to a student's biological pronouns and legal names when speaking with parents in order to conceal the child's asserted gender identity from the student's parents.
Paul Jonna, special counsel for the Thomas More Society, the nonprofit public interest law firm that filed the lawsuit and partner at LiMandri and Jonna said, "All of this is to be done without parent or guardian agreement or knowledge."
"Schools routinely send notes home to parents about trivial matters, like missing homework, so it is unfathomable that Escondido Union School District has a policy that forces teachers to withhold from parents some of the most fundamental and basic information about their children," Jonna added.
According to the Complaint, EUSD requires all elementary and middle school teachers to "unhesitatingly accept a child's assertion of a transgender or gender diverse identity, and... [to] 'begin to treat the student immediately' according to their asserted gender identity."
The legal document further states, "There is absolutely no room for discussion, polite disagreement, or even questioning whether the child is sincere or acting on a whim."
"Once a child's social transitioning has begun, EUSD elementary and middle school teachers must ensure that parents do not find out," the Complaint asserts.
The EUSD transgender policies are not the first in California to gain national attention. Earlier this year, state lawmakers introduced a bill that would ban schools from suspending students because the suspension of students is considered a discriminatory act. While that bill works its way through the state legislature, it appears that some California teachers at least are fed up with policies that take away parental rights.
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