Faced with threat of lawsuit, elementary school scraps book reading on transgender teen

Turns out, schools have no more fortitude to oppose legal challenges from the right than they do from the left.

Taking a page out of the left’s playbook, a Florida-based non-profit group was successful in preventing a Wisconsin elementary school from holding a reading of a children’s book about a transgender girl.

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Upon learning that the Mount Horeb Primary Center had planned a reading of “I Am Jazz,” a book based on the real-life experience of a 15-year-old transgender activist, Liberty Council fired off an angry letter and threatened to sue the school, according to the New York Daily News.

The Daily News reported:

The Liberty Counsel letter accuses the school of waiting till the last minute to send the letter in order to “catch parents off-guard, to prevent them from opting their children out of this reading and subsequent discussion.”

The letter claims that the school would violate parental constitutional rights “to direct the upbringing of their children” and threatens suit if the reading results in any harm, including “gender confusion” or “violations of restroom privacy.”

 

Calling it “a false and misleading book,” Liberty Council said the reading of “I am Jazz” would bring “harm” to students.

The school sent parents a note — signed by the principal, school psychologist and a counselor — making them aware of the scheduled reading, the Madison Capital Times reported.

“We believe all students deserve respect and support regardless of their gender identity and expression, and the best way to foster that respect and support is through educating students about the issue of being transgender,” the note said.

After the reading was scrapped, Theresa Daane, the district’s director of student services, acknowledged “the need for parents to be given the opportunity to consider and discuss information we provide to their children,” in a statement.

The district issued a press release on Wednesday saying “we seek to address the specific needs of the individual student, the District will also be mindful of the needs of other District students and families.”

At the same time, they fell back on a now-familiar refrain, that the goal was to protect students from bullying.

“Please know that our continuing goal is to protect all students from any bullying, harassing or intimidating behavior at school so that all of our students may learn together in a safe and caring environment,” the release said.

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