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Wisconsin parents sue school board over children choosing gender pronouns without consent

Parents of a 12-year-old girl say they withdrew daughter from the district to protect her mental health, preserve their parental role

Published: November 18, 2021 8:27am

Updated: November 18, 2021 11:36am

Wisconsin parents are suing a local school district over a policy that allows minor students to change their names and gender pronouns without parental consent.

The lawsuit by two sets of parents was filed Wednesday against the Kettle Moraine School by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty and the Alliance Defending Freedom in Waukesha County Circuit Court, according to the Associated Press.

The parents of a 12-year-old girl say they withdrew their daughter from the district to protect her mental health and preserve their parental role. They also argue the school district violated their constitutional rights as parents by using a male name and male pronouns to address their daughter at school without their consent and over their objections.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs say the U.S. and state constitutions recognize the "inherent right" of parents to "direct the upbringing and education of children under their control" and that parents are the primary decision-makers in regards to their minor children, the wire service also reports.

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