California took legal action against Chino Valley School’s gender notification policy on Monday. The policy mandates informing parents about students who express a desire to change their gender.
Filed by Democratic Attorney General Rob Bonta, the lawsuit asserts that the “parental notification” policy endangers transgender and non-binary students by prematurely disclosing their identities at home, causing potential harm.
BREAKING: California AG Rob Bonta has filed a lawsuit against Chino Valley Unified School District because it requires schools to inform parents if their child is experiencing gender dysphoria. Borda claims Chino Valley's policy violates California's civil rights laws.
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The Los Angeles Times reported that the lawsuit says, “They are in real fear that the district’s policy will force them to make a choice: either ‘walk back’ their constitutionally and statutorily protected rights to gender identity and gender expression, or face the risk of emotional, physical and psychological harm from non-affirming or unaccepting parents or guardians.”
Sonja Shaw, Chino Valley School District President, stood firm on her position.
In an exclusive comment to Breitbart News, Shaw said, “Bring it.”
As previously covered by Breitbart News this month, California initiated an investigation into the Chino Valley district following its July policy approval with a 4-1 vote.
Shaw stated on a radio show that there’s no legal restriction against school districts implementing parental notification policies. She deemed the policy common sense, and it seems California voters concur. An 84% majority indicated support for parental notification policies in a recent Rasmussen poll.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has intensely pressed the district. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond even attended the policy vote meeting but was reportedly removed for disruptive conduct. Additionally, a pro-transgender activist allegedly made threats against a school board official.
Several conservative-leaning school districts in California, including Murrieta Valley Unified and Orange Unified, have introduced comparable parental notification ideas. However, Newsom and state officials are exerting influence to align local school boards with California’s LGBT curriculum and policies.
Shaw commented, “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. Once 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 noted that the district became aware of the lawsuit from media sources, and she criticized Bonta for failing to identify any laws the district had violated.