CV NEWS FEED // California’s attorney general filed a lawsuit on Monday against a southern California school district’s pro-parent policy, claiming that the policy causes irreparable mental and physical harm to students who identify as LBGTQ.
The Chino Valley Unified School District implemented a mandatory gender identity disclosure policy in July, requiring schools to inform parents in writing within three days if their child “identifies” as a different gender at school. The notification policy also applies to children who request teachers to use their “preferred pronouns,” and parents will also be informed if their child requests to use a bathroom that does not match the child’s biological sex.
According to California Attorney General Rob Bonta, the policy violates the California Constitution’s equal protection clause and state civil rights laws, which he says protect a child’s right to privacy. Bonta also argued that the policy discriminates against students on the basis of gender identity, violating California’s Education and Government Code.
Bonta said the policy has already caused mental, emotional, psychological, and physical damage to LGBTQ students.
But Chino Valley Unified School District’s president, Sonja Shaw, told FOX News Digital that she was expecting the lawsuit.
“I’m not surprised at the aggressive stance Sacramento is taking against the District for daring to question motives and agendas that don’t sit well with parents and families fighting to keep themselves involved in the lives of children,” Shaw said.
“Again, this is government overreach and the political cartel of Bonta, Newsom and Thurmond is using their muscle and taxpayers’ dollars to shut parents out of their children’s lives,” she continued. “We will stand our ground and protect our children with all we can because we are not breaking the law. Parents have a constitutional right in the upbringing of their children. Period.”
Tom McClusky, Director of Government Affairs at CatholicVote, said that Bonta’s lawsuit is violating parental rights.
“It is common sense that a parent should be the key person in decisions surrounding their child. Parental rights are natural rights that exist before the state. They cannot be given or taken away by a government,” he said.
“While many people will help shape a child into the person they will become, no influence is as profound and enduring as that of the child’s parents,” he concluded.