At the Post Millennial, Maryland judge rules to allow school to change students' names without parental consent
A Maryland judge has dismissed a complaint against Montgomery County Public Schools made by three parents who claim the district's "gender identity" guidelines violated their state and constitutional rights. According to the guidelines, teachers are permitted to socially transition students to a different "gender identity" at school, without their parents' consent or knowledge.
The parents, who filed the lawsuit anonymously in 2020 against the Montgomery County Board of Education (MCBE), argued that the guidelines violated their right under the 14th amendment "to direct the care, custody, education, and control of their minor children."
MCBE issued their "2020-2021 Guidelines for Student Gender Identity," which advised schools in their district to develop a "gender-support plan" with students using an intake form that, according to the filing, would be kept confidential if the family was not supportive of their child's desire to adopt a new "gender identity."
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The attorney representing the plaintiffs, Frederick Claybrook Jr., has advised his clients to appeal the decision. “They are the ones that are to give guidance to their children and to help them through this very important step,” Claybrook said. “Not necessarily to the exclusion of schools, but schools can’t do that to the exclusion of parents, either.”
Take them out of school.