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Mother Sues School District Over Secret Gender Transition of Her 12-Year-Old Daughter

Behind the mother's back, a New York school began referring to her daughter using a boy's name and they/them pronouns.

In a stunning breach of parental rights and trust, a New York school district stands accused of covertly facilitating the social transition of a 12-year-old girl without her mother’s consent. This alarming case has sparked legal action, raising serious concerns about the role of educational institutions in children’s lives and the sanctity of parental rights.

The lawsuit, filed by the mother, Jennifer Vitsaxaki, with the support of Alliance Defending Freedom, targets the Skaneateles Central School District and Board of Education. It alleges a disturbing pattern of deception, where school officials not only hid the child’s struggles from her mother but also initiated a gender transition process, including the use of they/them pronouns and a male name, in complete secrecy.

This case is not merely about one child’s experience but highlights a growing trend where schools across the nation are assuming authority that rightfully belongs to parents. The deliberate decision by school staff to conceal significant information about a student’s well-being from their parent is a flagrant violation of the fundamental right parents have to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children.

Moreover, the lawsuit sheds light on a broader issue: the imposition of a controversial and highly-politicized agenda on impressionable students without parental knowledge or approval. The school’s actions, as described in the lawsuit, represent a clear overstep of their role as educators and a dangerous encroachment on family autonomy and religious freedom.

What’s particularly egregious in this case is the school’s systematic approach to keep the mother in the dark while making potentially life-altering decisions on behalf of her child. According to the lawsuit, the school employed tactics to ensure the ongoing deception, such as using the child’s birth name and female pronouns in communications with the mother, all the while promoting a gender transition behind closed doors.

This lawsuit stands as a crucial test for parental rights in the United States. It challenges the increasing boldness of educational institutions that believe they know better than parents when it comes to the most intimate and consequential aspects of a child’s life. The outcome of this legal battle could set a significant precedent for how schools engage with students on sensitive issues and the extent to which they must involve and respect the wishes of parents.

Parents across the country have a growing concern about the environments their children are exposed to daily. This case amplifies the call for transparency, respect for family values, and the reaffirmation of parental rights as paramount in the education and care of children.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.