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American News Jun 13, 2022 1:20 AM EST

Pittsburgh parents sue over teacher instructing first graders on gender transitioning

The lawsuit alleges the first grade teacher said ";parents are wrong' and parents and doctors 'make mistakes' when they bring a child home from the hospital"

Pittsburgh parents sue over teacher instructing first graders on gender transitioning
Joshua Young Youngsville, North Carolina

Three Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania mothers filed a lawsuit last week to stop a first grade teacher from instructing their kids about transgender transitioning and other gender identity topics.

Fox News reported that the lawsuit seeks a "court order to stop the gender-related instruction or offer parents the chance to excuse their children from it" at Jefferson Elementary School in the Mount Lebanon School District.

The plaintiffs Carmilla Tatel, Stacy Dunn and Gretchen Melton name first-grade teacher Megan Williams in their suit as having violated the Constitution, state law, and district policy by teaching gender ideology in the elementary school class.

The parents' lawsuit cited the 14th Amendment's due process clause as the basis for their parental rights, something that American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten previously said "starts wars."

Among the examples listed in the suit, Williams had allegedly said, "'parents are wrong' and parents and doctors 'make mistakes' when they bring a child home from the hospital," all phrases consistent with pushing gender ideology on children.

Megan Williams "began the process of interjecting her own personal life and views into the classroom, explaining that her child had worn an ‘Elsa dress’ for Halloween" the suit alleged.

According to Newsweek, Williams claims her own child is transgender but for the three parents that "does not give her the right to impose those views on a captive audience of six- and seven-year-old children."

Williams allegedly used books such as "When Aiden Became a Brother" and "Introducing Teddy" to explain how boys can be girls and girls can be boys.

The parents are seeking a jury trial in federal court and cite that on a constitutional level Willaims' actions violated their 14th Amendment due process rights but also their First Amendment religious rights as well.

They're seeking punitive damages and have also named the district's superintendent and school board in the suit.

According to local news, district spokesperson Kristen James said that the complaint contains "allegations that are untrue or based on partial truths that mischaracterize events for sensational effect."

The lawsuit read that the issue "is about Plaintiffs’ parental rights and each of their respective decisions not to want their six- or seven-year-old child to receive first-grade classroom instruction on gender dysphoria or transgender transitioning from their first-grade teacher."

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