In the pronoun wars?
“Parents have the right to make important health care decisions on their children’s behalf.” That’s the position of the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. We suspect most parents would agree but majority or not, a right is a right. Just not in Madison’s publlic schools.
Three years ago, the Madison Metropolitan School District began allowing children of any age to transition to a different gender identity without parental consent. WILL contends the school district actually instructed district employees to deceive parents. On behalf of an anonymous group of parents, WILL and the Alliance Defending Freedom filed suit: Doe v. Madison Metropolitan School District. The court today will review a September 2020 partial injunction against the MMSD policy and to what extent the parents can remain anonymous.
→ Watch the oral arguments today 11 a.m. 05-24-22 on Wisconsin Eye.
The progressive pronoun police come for middle schoolers
A Wisconsin school district opened a Title IX sexual-harassment investigation against 8th graders for calling a student ‘her’ instead of ‘them.’ — Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty in the Wall Street Journal.
According to WILL, the Madison school district in April 2018 issued a document titled “Guidance and policies to support transgender, non-binary & gender-expansive students.” It provides that:
- Children of any age can transition to a different gender identity at school, by changing their name and pronouns, without parental notice or consent.
- District employees are prohibited from notifying parents, without the child’s consent, that their child has or wants to change gender identity at school, or that their child may be dealing with gender dysphoria.
- District employees are even instructed to deceive parents by using the child’s legal name and pronouns with family, while using the different name and pronouns adopted by the child in the school setting.
WILL’s Bottom Line: “Transitioning to a different gender identity is a significant psycho-therapeutic intervention that requires parental notice or consent. Public school districts like Madison do not have the right to make those decisions for parents.”