Mother sues school for allegedly helping 11-yr-old daughter socially transition without her knowledge

A California mother is suing the Chico Unified School District for secretly transitioning her 11-year-old daughter to a male and counseling the child on a chest binder which she asserts violates her rights as a parent.

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Aurora Regino shockingly discovered that her fifth-grade daughter was living a double life as a male named “Jaden” and was receiving school counseling on socially transitioning without her knowledge. A counselor at Sierra View Elementary School allegedly spent weeks transitioning the child and changed her name and pronouns. The student is now identifying as a female, “America’s Newsroom” reported on Friday.

“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 contends that the school has a “Parental Secrecy Policy” that stems from California’s Assembly Bill 1226, a 2013 law that extended protections to transgender individuals in schools. It allows students to transition without their parent’s knowledge and she wants it stopped.

“I just want them to stop – stop keeping parents in the dark,” Regino remarked.

The school district is refusing to comment on the case except to give a blanket denial that they are doing anything wrong. They issued a statement in January claiming that “Chico Unified does not have a ‘Parent Secrecy Policy,’ nor [does it] ever try to define a student’s personal identity.”

However, in April 2022 Ted Sullivan, who is the district’s Director of Elementary Education, allegedly told Regino that California law requires schools to socially transition students without telling their parents unless the student authorizes them to do so, according to the Daily Mail.

The district’s deputy superintendents Jay Marchant and Kelly Staley also purportedly claimed the “Parental Secrecy Policy” was required by law.

The lawsuit asserts that the child did not “fully understand what was happening” but began to be known by a male name at school while still being addressed as female at home. That eventually led to her wanting to change schools.

The counselor reportedly encouraged discussions of “sexuality and gender identity” between classmates, including how to cope with feeling like being a different gender, according to the lawsuit.

The mother told “Jesse Watters Primetime” in January that she was horrified by what the school district was doing. She claimed she never gave permission for the school counselor named Mandi Robertson to see her daughter one-on-one. The child was reportedly experiencing mental health issues and said she felt like a boy.

“For a few months she had opened up to a guidance counselor and the guidance counselor the very day that she opened up and said she felt like a male, she walked her to class and affirmed it that day,” the mother recounted. “My daughter did mention to the school counselor that she wanted to tell me, and the school counselor dismissed her request and was trying to get her to come out to other people first.”

Kate Anderson, who is the director of the Center for Parental Rights with Alliance Defending Freedom, argued that schools are violating the Constitution by promoting gender transition and then not telling parents.

“Parents have the right to direct the upbringing and education of their kids,” Anderson told Fox News, referring to the 14th Amendment.

School board members reportedly discussed the lawsuit at a recent meeting. They claim they are researching the issue and consulting with state agencies about it.

Regino is steadfast in going forward with the lawsuit, however. She believes it is necessary in order to protect parents’ rights.

“The goal is to make sure that this doesn’t happen to any more families and kids,” she stated.

The student is now seeing a different school counselor who believes that the child was manipulated, according to Fox News. The school district is expected to file a response to the federal lawsuit in the near future.


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