Florida parents are suing after they say their 12-year-old daughter attempted suicide twice on school grounds after secret meetings with staffers to discuss her gender identity.
The Child & Parental Rights Campaign, Inc. (CPRC-C) filed suit on behalf of the Perez family against Clay County Schools, as Breitbart reported, which claims that officials at Paterson Elementary School encouraged the girl to accept a transgender identity without their knowledge “to the point of causing physical harm.”
The lawsuit accuses the school of obscuring the parents’ rights “by concealing from the parents the fact that school officials were having secret meetings with their daughter affirming the girl as a boy when their 12-year-old daughter began expressing gender confusion at school.”
According to a statement from CPRC-C, the parents were called into the school on January 5 where, after 20 minutes of waiting, they were informed their daughter had tried to hang herself in the bathroom — twice in two days.
“Shocked, the parents asked why this had happened,” the law firm stated.
“The school counselor responded that it was because of the child’s gender identity issue and that they knew her parents would not be in agreement because of their Catholic Christian beliefs,” they explained. “Prior to the incident their daughter had not exhibited any signs of gender confusion or questioning of her biological identity as a girl.”
It was then that the school revealed that the girl had been meeting secretly with counselor Destiney Washington and that school staff and students were encouraged to refer to her as a boy, even going as far as to give her a new, boy’s name to use instead, all without her parents’ knowledge.
When Mr. and Mrs. Perez asked why they hadn’t been informed, the school reportedly cited “confidentiality issues,” an explanation which CPRC-C says has no legal basis.
“It is a serious mental health decision that school personnel are not qualified, not competent, and not authorized to make,” said Vernadette Broyles, president to the law firm. “Parents must be involved in these important decisions.”
CPRC-C was founded “to respond to a radical new ideology overtaking families and threatening the well-being of children and the fundamental right of parents to direct the care, education, and upbringing of their children.”
The girl’s distressed father says that it has been a “nightmare” for himself and his wife.
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