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Her child claimed a transgender identity. Now she’s suing the school.

A mother in California is suing a local school district, claiming her 11-year-old’s school convinced her daughter (A.G) into believing she was transgender — an identity the child has since dropped.

The mother, Jessica Konen, is suing Spreckels Union School District. The Center for American Liberty is representing her in court.

Konen claims that after A.G declined to show interest in the school’s Equality Club, teachers actively recruited her. When A.G. subsequently attended club events, A.G. began to identify  as bisexual. Prior to the club conversations, A.G. was not aware of what being bisexual meant, Konen said.

Michael Foust of Christian Headlines writes:

The controversy began when the daughter attended an Equality Club meeting at the invitation of a friend. After the meeting, she decided she “was not interested in the LGBT+ discussion” and chose not to go back, but about two weeks later, a teacher who helps run the club, Ms. Caldiera, told her she “fit in perfectly” and encouraged her to return, according to the suit. The daughter agreed to do so.

As A.G. was processing the ideas, Konen says teachers also pushed the idea that A.G. was Transgender. Emotionally struggling, A.G. went to the school’s counselor for help. The school counselor, along with teachers, told her that she was struggling because she wasn’t accepting her true self. The child’s mother says the school told her not to trust or tell her mom, and to move forward by embracing the change. After the alleged meeting, A.G. started using different pronouns, a new name and began to dress differently.

Foust continues:

Parents absolutely have a right to know what is being taught in their kids’ school, especially with respect to sensitive issues like gender and sexuality,” [The Center for American Liberty] said in a news release. “… But parents are denied that right when activist teachers think they know better and intentionally hide information from moms and dads.”

A.G. is now in high school. The child has since reportedly stated that teachers created a character that wasn’t real and pressured her to keep things hidden from her mother. Both A.G. and her mother said they have been harmed by this experience. They are seeking damages as well as advocating for parental notification regarding what occurs in their schools and notifying parents before certain conversations are had.

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