A Maryland judge has dismissed a complaint against Montgomery County Public Schools filed by three parents who claimed the district’s “gender identity” guidelines violated their state and constitutional rights.
The parents filed the lawsuit in 2020 against the Montgomery County Board of Education (MCBE) arguing that their constitutional rights were violated.
The Montgomery Board of Education’s “2020-2021 Guidelines for Student Gender Identity” has been advising schools in their district to develop a “gender-support plan” that would not be discussed with a child’s parent if the parents were not supportive of their child’s new “gender identity.”
That means that teachers are permitted to encourage socially transition students to a different “gender identity” at school without their parents’ consent or knowledge.
District Court Judge Paul W. Grimm, of the District of Maryland, sided with the school district in a ruling.
“MCBE certainly has a legitimate interest in providing a safe and supportive environment for all MCPS students, including those who are transgender and gender nonconforming,” Grimm decided. “And the Guidelines are certainly rationally related to achieving that result.”
Frederick Claybrook Jr., attorney for the plaintiffs has advised his clients to appeal the decision.
“They are the ones that are to give guidance to their children and to help them through this very important step,” Claybrook said. “Not necessarily to the exclusion of schools, but schools can’t do that to the exclusion of parents, either.”
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