The Spreckels Union School District in Monterey County is accused of "socially transitioning" an 11-year-old student away from her biological gender.
Jessica Konen claims that her daughter, Alicia, who had reportedly been questioning her gender identity, was told by the school district that she needed to find out who she "truly was inside." She was then socially transitioned away from being a girl and was told to use the boy's restroom and was addressed by male pronouns, Fox News reports.
Konen, who had not been notified by the school of her daughter's "transition," sued the Spreckels Union School District after finding out that Alicia had been identifying as male while at school. Her daughter has since re-identified as a girl, according to Konen, who was represented by the Center for American Liberty in the suit.
Konen slammed the California school district for their actions and told Fox News that this incident lit a fire inside and that she will continue to fight for parental rights.
"They need to understand their place, and they need to stay in their place. And schools nowadays, they're awful. So, I'm going to fight this fight and keep fighting this fight," Konen told Fox News.
"I am not going to allow this to keep happening to children," Konen continued. "I feel that the fight, it has to continue."
Mark Trammell, Executive Director of the Center for American Liberty, told the network: "At its core, this case is about upholding the sacred bond between parents and their children. Parents have an inherent right to be involved in pivotal decisions concerning their children's lives."
Konen, a single mother, claimed that her relationship with her daughter had been strained upon initial discovery of Alicia's so-called "transition," but the two have since made amends and are keen to cooperate in order to help eliminate "the parental secrecy" from schools.
"I think it took a lot of guts for both of us to be able to open up publicly and explain what is happening," Konen said. "Parents, be vigilant, you know, pay attention. Those gut feelings you have, they're real. I feel like this just opened doors."
While the school district has not yet publicly commented on the matter, Konen told Fox News that she's happy with the settlement and feels justified.
"We definitely are going to be at peace and be able to try to move on from this. But parents, pay attention, ask the questions that are offered. Put yourself in uncomfortable situations because you don't know what someone's going through. You don't know what they're teaching in schools anymore," Konen said. "Just be active in your kid’s lives and don't be scared to speak up."
California lawmakers have introduced bills that would make it illegal for the state's public schools to "out" trans-identified children to their parents.
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