An angry California mother complained during a wild school board hearing that the school transitioned her daughter to a boy behind her back.
During the same hearing, a large so-called “transgender woman” with a beard and dress argued that mothers like her are essentially the bad guys.
All this happened Wednesday at a Chico Unified School District hearing.
“I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My daughter was distressed and began questioning her sexuality, so she decided to reach out to a wellness counselor at her elementary school,” mother Aurora Regino said during the hearing.
“The day my daughter shared with her guidance counselor that she felt like a boy, the counselor immediately affirmed this new identity. My daughter told the counselor she wanted to tell me about her new identity. The counselor ignored her request and did nothing to support her and let me know what was going on at school,” she added.
Regino previously went viral when she appeared on Fox News in January to announce that she was suing the Chico Unified School District.
She revealed at the time that she’d discovered that her then-fifth-grade daughter was living a double life as a male named “Jaden” after a counselor at Sierra View Elementary School had allegedly spent weeks transitioning her and changed her name and pronouns.
“They were talking to my daughter about different support groups in town to help her with her transition and then discussed breast binding with my daughter that I had no knowledge of,” Regino told Fox News reporter Claudia Cowan.
The mother attributed all this to a district policy, the “Parental Secrecy Policy,” that’s based on California’s Assembly Bill 1226, a 2013 law that extended protections to transgender individuals in schools. It allows students to transition without their parents’ knowledge. It’s a policy she wants to be nixed.
“I just want them to stop – stop keeping parents in the dark,” she said.
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But instead of nixing the policy, the district recently voted to double down on it.
“After a meeting that lasted until after midnight, the Chico Unified School Board voted to keep its current policy that critics describe as ‘parental secrecy.’ The district will not inform parents if a child identifies by another gender at school,” local station KHSL reported earlier this month.
During Wednesday’s hearing, Squeaky Saint Francis, a so-called “transgender woman” activist with a dress and beard, defended the policy, arguing that it’s designed to protect children from the “hate and prejudice” of their parents.
“Growing up in this town, my mother always told me to love myself for who I am, not what I am not. Not all of us can be as lucky and have a supporter like that. In fact, I knew friends in school who would bring an entire change of clothes with them so they could dress the way that they felt inside and be free of persecution that they would feel at home or the sideways glances,” he said.
“One of the first things we learn in a healthy family is trust, and unfortunately, some parents don’t trust their children when they say this is me and they make that decision for them. That may make the child fearful from the people that claim to be trying to protect them. These children may see the hate and prejudice at home for people just like them and feel the only place they can be themselves is at school,” he added.
Francis further claimed that nixing the secrecy policy could mean life and death.
“If you take away this ability, this control to out themselves you are forcefully putting them into a possibly violent household where their parents could kick them out, force them into conversion camps, or relinquish their parental rights and put them into the system, and God forbid they might consider suicide. Changing this policy would create a very slippery slope,” he claimed.
The secrecy policy reportedly covers children five years and older.
“It’s incredibly damaging that they’re upholding such a crazy policy for such young children,” Regino previously told Fox News, arguing that such a tumultuous time in children and adolescents’ lives is when they need parental guidance the most.
Her lawsuit against the school district argues against the policy by citing the 14th Amendment. It specifically says that per the amendment, Regino should be able to direct the upbringing of her child and be involved in decision-making about her education — something that it accuses the school of denying her.
“By socially transitioning AS without informing Ms Regino or obtaining her consent, the District violated Ms Regino’s fundamental right to direct the upbringing of her child,” the lawsuit reportedly reads.
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