A judge has determined that a set of parents’ lawsuit against their Wisconsin school district has merit as the parents accuse the district of going behind their back to encourage their children’s transgender identity.
Last week, Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge Michael P. Maxwell ruled that the case “demonstrates a potential violation of their rights as parents to direct the upbringing of their child and is sufficient to survive a motion to dismiss.”
Two couples, named as T.F. and B.F. and P.W. and S.W. respectively, are suing Kettle Moraine School District in Wales, Wisconsin over its policy allowing children to use the names, pronouns, and bathrooms of their choice without parental consent, as CBN News reported.
The couples are being represented in the case of B.F. v. Kettle Moraine School District by the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL).
“For purposes of a motion to dismiss, T.F. and B.F.’s allegations are that they were forced to withdraw their daughter from Kettle Moraine to protect her and preserve their parental role when Kettle Moraine refused to honor their decision about what was best for their daughter,” Judge Maxwell wrote.
The couple alleges that they had to remove their daughter from school to protect her mental health after the school went against their wishes to use a male name and pronouns to address her.
He also noted that Wisconsin courts recognize the rights of parents to make decisions about “the education and upbringing of their children…free from government intervention.”
He also noted that P.W. and S.W. “may challenge a policy of the district that they believe interferes with their parental rights.”
The judge, denying a motion to dismiss, has given the school district 20 days to respond to the complaint.
“When schools are blocking parents from basic information about their child’s health care, that prevents parents from doing what’s best for their kids and what, constitutionally, they have every right to do to direct the upbringing of their children,” Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Kate Anderson told The Daily Signal last year.
In February, parents in Florida filed a lawsuit against their school district, which they say neglected to tell them that their daughter had been meeting with a counselor at school in secret.
They only became aware of the meetings, they say, after the girl attempted suicide on school grounds — twice.
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