In a victory for Wisconsin parents, a judge has ruled that school district employees cannot lie or deceive parents about the gender identity their child may have adopted at school.
Late last month, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Frank Remington issued the injunction forbidding Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) employees from lying. The district's policies adopted in April 2018 enable children, of any age, to change their gender identity at school without parental notice or consent, and then directs district employees to conceal and even deceive parents about the gender identity their son or daughter has adopted at school.
Luke Berg of the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) says the lawsuit was filed only after the district refused to change the policy.
"I think the court's order sends a pretty clear warning to the district and other schools with similar policies that they can't deceive parents about important issues like this," Berg comments.
His firm's lawsuit focuses on the fact the policy violates parents' constitutional rights.
"There's also a number of state and federal laws that are relevant, if not violated, in this case," he adds. "Even if [parents] ask, you have to lie to them. That's the part that the court enjoined. The policy can't require teachers to lie."
Berg goes on to warn that this Wisconsin district is not alone. He says groups are pushing this sort of policy all throughout the country.
The lawsuit is ongoing, but Judge Remington's injunction went into effect immediately.