Concerned parents have come together in an advocacy group, “Parents Defending Education,” to jointly sue a school for enabling students to create gender support plans without consent from their parents. Linn-Mar Community School District, based in Iowa, has been receiving backlash from the public and is now facing court charges regarding this accusation.
The parents formally filed a lawsuit against this school on Tuesday as they demanded justice. The lawsuit reads, “Nearly a century of Supreme Court precedent makes two things clear: parents have a constitutional liberty interest in the care, custody, and control of their children, and students do not abandon their First Amendment rights at the schoolhouse gate.”
Pursuing their case, they added that the school had ignored the precedents issued by the Constitution. The school has allegedly not only made important decisions concerning the gender identity of the students but has also hidden this decision from their guardians and parents.
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— Parents Defending Education (@DefendingEd) August 3, 2022
The school had also proceeded to create a policy district title titled “Transgender and Students Nonconforming to Gender Role Stereotypes.” This policy states that students aged 12 and above can put together a support plan with the school and added that students from the seventh grade would have more control over their identity plans than their parents.
In addition, the gender identity change will be strictly hidden from the parents unless the child says otherwise. Finally, the policy adds that the gender change will be kept in each child’s temporary records, making it inaccessible to the parents as they only have a right to assess the permanent records.
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“The district shall not disclose information that may reveal a student’s transgender status to others, including but not limited to other students, parents, and school staff, unless legally required to do so (such as national standardized testing, drivers permits, transcripts, etc.), or unless the student has authorized such disclosure. “
“Every student has the right to be addressed by a name and pronoun corresponding to their gender identity. An intentional and/or persistent refusal by staff or students to respect a student’s gender identity is a violation of school board policies,” the gender policy says, citing the district’s Anti-Bullying and Anti-Harassment policy, Equal Education Opportunity policy, and the district’s Title IX policy,” the policy states.
Furthermore, the policy includes punishment for staff and students who violate the rules in any way as it threatens to fire or expel them.
“Linn-Mar’s gender policy demonstrates a deep contempt for the constitutional rights of its students and families,” said Parents Defending Education President Nicole Neily.https://t.co/YqKals2MlY
— Erika Sanzi (@esanzi) August 3, 2022
The advocacy group members are clearly outraged with this ridiculous policy as they say the school has only successfully expressed contempt for the rights of these students and their parents. More so, the school has shown a total disregard for the parents’ opinion as the board voted for this policy despite the strong opposition from parents who protested in April. The parents had argued that this policy is neither keeping the children safe, educating them, nor keeping them as children.
The school’s ridiculous actions have resulted in a court charge, and the parents are determined to see this suit through until the very end.