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Wisconsin Parents Sue School District for Allowing 12-Year-Old to Use Different Name and Gender Without Parental Consent


Two Wisconsin families are suing the Kettle Moraine School District (KMSD) over their policy of allowing children to change their name and gender that is used on campus without parental consent — and despite parental objections.

One of the families involved in the lawsuit say that they had to remove their 12-year-old daughter from the school because the administrators planned to use “a male name and male pronouns to address their daughter at school without their consent and over their objections.”

A second couple joined the lawsuit to make sure that the same situation does not happen to their children.

The families are being represented by Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty and Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys.

In a statement about the lawsuit, the ADF said that the parents had to pull their child out of school to “protect her mental health and preserve their parental role.”

“Parents’ rights to direct the upbringing, education, and mental health treatment of their children is one of the most basic constitutional rights every parent holds dear. Yet we are seeing more and more school districts across the country not only ignoring parents’ concerns, but actively working against them,” ADF Senior Counsel Kate Anderson, director of the ADF Center for Parental Rights, said in a statement provided to Timcast. “The parents in this case know and love their daughter and are doing their best to get her the expert care she needs in her battle with anxiety and depression. We are asking the court to respect the serious concerns of these parents by ensuring Kettle Moraine School District swiftly changes its policy that is undermining parents and harming children.”

WILL Deputy Counsel Luke Berg, who is lead counsel for this case, said that schools should not be overriding parents when it comes to what they believe is best for their child.

“Schools cannot override parents when it comes to decisions about their children. Students’ decisions about what names and genders pronouns they prefer are no exception,” said Berg. “Schools must defer to parents about what is best for their child.”

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3 responses to “Wisconsin Parents Sue School District for Allowing 12-Year-Old to Use Different Name and Gender Without Parental Consent”

  1. prcntm says:

    I have interesting and conflicting feelings on this one. On the one hand you have the right of the parents to raise their child the way they see fit. On the other you have the autonomy of the child to consider.

    First and foremost I would say that the right of the parents to raise their children as they see fit should come first. They produced a life and the way that life takes shape should be for the parents and not the school. In this regard I side with the parents and I hope they win the lawsuit to set precedent for issues like this in the future.

    But for me I would also take into consideration the autonomy of the child. We’re not talking about a power tool or a car. Parents should get to raise their children as they see fit, but at a certain point we have to recognize the right of the child to dictate their own lives. I still think parents should be heavily involved in their child’s development, but at a certain point we have to let go of that perfect view of what we want our child to be and accept that they have chosen their own path.

    I don’t think the school was in the right here, despite that last paragraph. I think they had good intentions, but they did not go about it the right way. When the student started asking to be identified differently, the school should have contacted the parents in order to figure out the best way forward. At the very least they should have informed the parents that they would be doing this. Instead, they took it upon themselves to begin raising the student themselves. I am not a lawyer and I did not study law so I am probably way off base here, but what the school has done in this case, for me, is equivalent to kidnapping. It’s on the same level. I would also accept whatever allegations go along with people maliciously targeting others to join cults.

  2. CJS3 says:

    The education establishment is to children, what PETA is to homeless animals.
    The best thing that can happen is to do away with public schools. Make parents PAY tuition for their children’s education, and they WILL involve themselves in making sure their kids get a better education.

    • neilinda says:

      Not sure I agree with this idea, in part because I support the idea that a viable Republic such as ours is dependent on well educated citizens.
      BUT I also believe government run and controlled schools are not producing well educated citizens. Also, with the path we are currently on, although there is probably more to know, we are producing less educated adults than ever before.
      Suggestion- A voucher amount is assessed for each child annually for their education and parents choose where to spend it… public school, private school, religious school, charter school, homeschool – their choice. They can even add to the amount if they want.
      Let’s try that for 25 years. 🙂