For your information, the Kettle Moraine School District has a policy in place that allows students to change their names and pronouns without their parents or guardians being involved. This means, for example, that a student can let teachers know that they want to be mentioned with their pronouns without the school calling home or asking for a signed note from parents. It really is basic dignity and it makes perfect sense, but it is not the norm in all school districts.
Two groups of parents have filed a complaint against the district over the policy, arguing that it is a violation of their constitutional rights as parents. The lawsuit argues that the school district is overriding and undermining parents regarding a “major” and “controversial” issue. Specifically, the lawsuit argues that using the correct name and pronouns for a trans child is essentially a form of medical treatment for gender dysphoria, and insists that parents should make this decision for minors.
Surprisingly no one, two conservative groups represent parents in the lawsuit: the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty and, you guessed it, the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). The nonprofits filed a lawsuit in Waukesha County Circuit Court in November.
According to the lawsuit, the parents of one of the children, a 12-year-old child, have already withdrawn their child from the neighborhood in an attempt to “avoid the daily assertion” of their child’s identity by the teachers of the ‘school. The child wanted to use his pronouns and a different name when he returned to school, and apparently parents couldn’t handle their child with any dignity and assertiveness. So they took them out of school. And continued.
What do parents want? According to the lawsuit, parents want a “statement and injunction” against the policy to “ensure” that the district “will respect their role as parents.”
In a statement to CBS News, Kate Anderson, Senior Counsel for ADF, said that the right of parents to “direct the education, education and mental health treatment” of their children is one of the “most fundamental constitutional rights They have. Anderson says school districts are “ignoring” and “actively working against” this.
To which I say: But what about the rights of the children?