Parents sue Kettle Moraine School District over gender transition policy | Local government

Some parents are suing the Kettle Moraine School District over a policy that allows underage students to change their names and gender pronouns at school without parental consent – an issue already in dispute in the Madison School District.

The lawsuit filed by two groups of parents was filed Wednesday by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty and the Alliance Defending Freedom in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

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Parents of a 12-year-old girl say they pulled their daughter out of the neighborhood to protect her mental health and preserve their parenting role. They say the school district violated their constitutional rights as parents by using a masculine name and masculine pronouns to address their daughter in school without their consent and despite their objections.

“Schools cannot override parents when it comes to making decisions about their children. Gender identity transitions are no exception. best for their child, “WILL assistant legal counsel Luke Berg said.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs say that US and state constitutions recognize the “inherent right” of parents to “direct the education and upbringing of children under their control” and that parents are the primary decision-makers in what matters. concerns their minor children.

They claim that the Kettle Moraine School District has adopted a policy that ignores parents’ decision on how their children will be treated at school.

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