Parental Rights Win as Mom Settles With School District That 'Transitioned' Daughter Without Consent

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The transgender mob has made no bones about exactly what their agenda is, and they are quick to brand anyone who speaks out about it a bigot or a transphobe. Much of their indoctrination is taking place in the nation's public schools. They love to claim that they are just helping kids to be their "true selves" or some such nonsense. But if what they are doing is so great, why don't they feel the need to involve parents, or in many cases, even tell them? One California mom fought back against the trans agenda, and the case could be a landmark victory for the rights of parents of public school children all over the country.


Jessica Konen's 11-year-old daughter, Alicia, is a student in the Spreckels Union School District in Monterey County, California. Alicia was told at school that she might be "upset" because "she didn't know who she 'truly was inside.'" Was she displaying signs of being "upset," such as failing grades or acting out in class? How did the school conclude she was upset about anything? The school then began socially transitioning Alicia's gender. She was allowed to use the boys' restroom and use male pronouns. All of this going on without Konen's knowledge or consent.

When Jessica Konen found out about this, she sued the school district. Konen was represented by the Center for American Liberty and obtained a settlement from the school district for $100,000. Thankfully, Jessica Konen's daughter continues to be her daughter. But Konen says the fight is far from over. 

They need to understand their place, and they need to stay in their place. And schools nowadays, they're awful. So, I'm going to fight this fight and keep fighting this fight. I am not going to allow this to keep happening to children. I feel that the fight, it has to continue.


Even though the school district settled with Konen, they did not admit any fault. It would have been surprising if they had. Mark Trammell is the Executive Director for the Center for American Liberty. He summed up what the essence of this, and any other lawsuits like it in the future, are all about saying:

At its core, this case is about upholding the sacred bond between parents and their children. Parents have an inherent right to be involved in pivotal decisions concerning their children's lives.

The Spreckels Union School District is just one of several school districts in liberal Democrat-run California where parents have had enough of being told they have no say in their children's education. My colleague Jennifer Oliver O'Connell reported that in July, the Chino Valley School Board voted 4-1 in favor of the "parental notification policy" that requires schools to notify parents if their child seeks to change their gender. Murrieta Valley Unified and Orange Unified School Districts have similar proposals on the table. But in typical left-wing fashion, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, along with state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and Attorney General Rob Bonta, continue to stand in the schoolhouse door when it comes to the rights of California parents. On Monday, Bonta filed a lawsuit against the Chino Valley School District, ordering them to end the parental notification policy. 


Keeping parents out of the gender loop is a problem that is not going away. Roughly 168 school districts overseeing 5,904 schools around the nation have guidance that prevents parents from knowing if their child identifies as a gender other than their birth gender at school. Faculty and staff cannot disclose this information without the student's permission. These numbers shake out to approximately 3.2 million public school students.

Jessica Konen said that her relationship with her daughter was strained for a time, but things have greatly improved. Konen has some excellent advice for parents.

We definitely are going to be at peace and be able to try to move on from this. But parents, pay attention, ask the questions that are offered. Put yourself in uncomfortable situations because you don't know what someone's going through. You don't know what they're teaching in schools anymore. Just be active in your kid’s lives and don't be scared to speak up.

When the trans mob says they are coming for your kids, believe them.



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