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Father Sues New Jersey School Over Secret Gender Transition of Daughter

A dad takes legal action after discovering his daughter's gender transition was hidden from him by her school, despite her complex mental health history.

In a startling lawsuit against New Jersey’s Delaware Valley Regional High School (DVRHS), a father alleges the school facilitated his daughter’s gender transition without his knowledge, underscoring a troubling trend of educational overreach and disregard for parental rights. This legal battle brings to light the stark reality of an educational system emboldened by pro-LGBTQ+ ideologies, ready to undermine the foundational role of parents in their children’s lives. The father’s story is not just a personal tragedy but a cautionary tale, illustrating the dangerous path our schools have taken.

The girl at the center of this legal controversy comes from a background marked by significant challenges, including the loss of her mother at a young age and a history of mental health issues. Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and borderline personality disorder, she has been under treatment for depression and anxiety since 2022. Her mental health professionals recommended a cautious approach to her gender identity confusion, recognizing the complexity of her situation.

Unbeknownst to her father, the school decided to support her social transition to a male identity, a decision facilitated by an advisor of a pro-LGBT student club at New Jersey’s Delaware Valley Regional High School. This advisor, who lacks a medical or psychological license, directed the school’s staff, faculty, and administration to refer to the girl by a male name and pronouns. The directive explicitly included instructions not to inform her father of these developments. This secretive action by the school not only bypassed the father’s right to be involved in significant decisions affecting his daughter’s well-being but also ignored the professional advice given by her healthcare providers regarding the handling of her gender identity issues. The father only learned about the school’s actions after a neighbor accidentally referred to his daughter using a boy’s name.

The lawsuit against DVRHS and various New Jersey educational and legal authorities highlights a systemic issue far beyond this single case. Nearly 1,100 school districts across the United States have adopted policies that effectively create a barrier between parents and their children on matters of gender identity. This growing trend, raises alarming questions about the role of public schools and the extent to which they can and should intervene in students’ personal lives.

What’s more troubling is the contrast between the U.S. approach to gender transition in minors and that of other Western nations. Countries traditionally aligned with liberal values, such as France, Sweden, Finland, and the U.K., have begun to reassess and restrict gender transition procedures for minors. These shifts underscore a growing consensus that the rush to affirm without critical evaluation and parental involvement may not be in the best interest of the child. Yet, here in the U.S., we find ourselves increasingly isolated in our endorsement of such practices, often at the expense of parental rights and children’s well-being.

The lawsuit in New Jersey serves as a critical wake-up call. As this case unfolds, it will undoubtedly add fuel to the ongoing debate over the role of education, the rights of parents, and the best interests of our children. Let it also serve as a reminder of the need for vigilance, dialogue, and, most importantly, a reevaluation of policies that strip parents of their rightful place in their children’s lives.

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.