Two teachers in a California school district are accused of coaching a student into coming out as transgender behind the backs of the studentâ€™s parents, according to video footage circulating on social media.
School staff reportedly changed the studentâ€™s name and pronouns and also called Child Protective Services (CPS) when the parents objected to the transition, according to aÂ twitter threadÂ by LibsofTikTok posted early Thursday morning, which included video of the parents addressing the school board of the Spreckels Union School District on Wednesday.
The studentâ€™s mother, identified as Jessica Konen in a video of a Dec. 15 meeting of the Spreckels Union School Districtâ€™s school board posted on itsÂ YouTubeÂ page, claimed that her daughterâ€™s indoctrination began with a LGBTQ club at Buena Vista Middle School.
Konenâ€™s husband GunterÂ describedÂ the meeting with the school principal and an unidentified teacher where he learned of his daughterâ€™s social transition, video showed. He claimed CPS was called on them due to their objections to the actions of school staff. CPS later dropped the case.
During a California Teachers AssociationÂ conferenceÂ held in October, two teachers who taught in the Spreckels Union School District described how they recruited students and concealed the studentsâ€™ activities from parents, according to recordings and documents obtained byÂ Abigail Shrier. At least one of the teachers taught at the middle school attended by Konenâ€™s daughter.
â€œDistrict policy was to deceive parents and activist teachers ran with that to drive a wedge between parent and child in the name of trans ideology,â€ Erika Sanzi, director of outreach for Parents Defending Education, told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
â€œThis is obviously an egregious case but the sad truth is that when it comes to trans policies, parents are being deceived by their childrenâ€™s schools all over the country and the pain felt by the parents in this district is shared by countless parents nationwide,â€ Sanzi said.
A number of lawsuits have been filed across the country over school policies that parents claim have encouraged educators to carry outÂ clandestine transitions.
â€œPublic schools and administrators are taking it upon themselves to make these decisions without involving the parents and in fact cutting them out.,â€ Ryan Bangert, a senior counsel and vice president of Legal Strategy for the Alliance Defending Freedom, said when asked for comment by the DCNF.
An email to Spreckels Union School District Superintendent Eric Tarallo requesting comment on the situation was not returned.
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