3 Parents File Federal Lawsuit to Ban Transgender Subjects in Mount Lebanon School District

A lawsuit filed by three parents alleges that the Mount Lebanon School District is violating their civil and constitutional rights by “teaching gender dysphoria and transgender transition in the district, including to first-graders.” three parents seek a court order to stop teaching and a jury trial to decide compensatory and punitive damages. The lawsuit of three student mothers targets not only the district, its superintendent and the school board, but also an individual teacher. Other school officials and an elementary school principal are also appointed. The lawsuit targets Megan Williams, a first-grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary. The lawsuit says the Mount Lebanon School District “authorized” and “approved” Williams’ teaching of these subjects to six- and seven-year-olds and argues the subjects are “not appropriate for classroom instruction.” in a public school. have the constitutional right to “control the education of their (children)” and to “direct the upbringing and upbringing of children under their control”. The parents’ complaint claims that the lawsuit is not political and is not anti-transgender. The lawsuit says Until recently, the district had a policy of telling parents and letting them opt out when topics that some might consider sensitive were being taught in the classroom. He says those topics have included the Holocaust, slavery, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, sex education, Black Lives Matter and Planned Parenthood. The lawsuit alleges that Williams encouraged the children not to tell their parents about his instructions. The lawsuit alleges Williams told parents she “had a plan” and intended to continue teaching “on a knife edge.” The lawsuit seeks a jury trial in federal court and a court order barring the Mount Lebanon School District from instructing on the topic of gender dysphoria and transgender transition or requiring parents to be given the opportunity to opt out. The plaintiffs are Carmilla Tatel, Stacy Dunn and Gretchen Melton. The lawsuit raises other unrelated issues, alleging Williams fails to engage students in her class in the Pledge of Allegiance and saying her focus on racial justice is “strident”. The school district emailed this statement to Action News 4 of Pittsburgh: “The Mt. Lebanon School District values ​​and deeply appreciates the close partnership we have with our families and strives to be a place where every student feels welcomed, valued, and respected.The complaint filed against the District, its Board of Directors, and employees contains various allegations that are untrue or based on partial truths that distort events for sensational effect. opportunity to set the record straight.” While we will not comment further on pending litigation, we refer the community to our statement of fairness: ‘The Mt. Lebanon School District is committed to providing a school environment safe, inclusive and welcoming that recognizes and celebrates the diverse identities of all members of our school community, including students, their families, teachers and staff. nel. All students, regardless of background, identity or ability, will be supported to reach their full potential and pursue their unique talents. The district will provide resources in a fair and equitable manner and remove barriers to allow students to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. ‘”

A lawsuit filed by three parents alleges that the Mount Lebanon School District violates their civil and constitutional rights by “teaching gender dysphoria and transgender transition in the district, including to first graders.”

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All three parents are seeking a court order to stop the teaching and a jury trial to decide compensatory and punitive damages.

The lawsuit brought by three students’ mothers not only targets the district, its superintendent and school board, but also an individual teacher. Other school officials and a primary school principal are also appointed.

The lawsuit targets Megan Williams, a first-grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary. The lawsuit says the Mount Lebanon School District “authorized” and “approved” Williams’ teaching of these subjects to six- and seven-year-olds and argues that the subjects are “not appropriate for classroom instruction in a public school“.

He argues that parents have the constitutional right to “control the upbringing of their (children)” and “to direct the upbringing and upbringing of children under their control”.

The parents’ complaint claims that the lawsuit is not political and is not anti-transgender.

The lawsuit says the district until recently had a policy of telling parents and letting them opt out when topics that some might consider sensitive were being taught in the classroom. He says those topics have included the Holocaust, slavery, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, sex education, Black Lives Matter and Planned Parenthood.

The lawsuit alleges that Williams encouraged children not to tell their parents about his instructions.

The lawsuit alleges Williams told parents she “had a plan” and intended to continue teaching “on a knife edge.”

The lawsuit seeks a jury trial in Federal Court and a court order barring the Mount Lebanon School District from any instruction on the topic of gender dysphoria and transgender transition or requiring parents to be given the opportunity to opt out.

The plaintiffs are Carmilla Tatel, Stacy Dunn and Gretchen Melton.

The lawsuit raises other unrelated issues, alleging Williams fails to engage students in her class in the Pledge of Allegiance and saying her focus on racial justice is “strident”.

The school district emailed this statement to Action News 4 of Pittsburgh:

“The Mt. Lebanon School District values ​​and deeply values ​​the close partnership we have with our families and strives to be a place where every student feels welcomed, valued, and respected. The complaint filed against the district, its board, and its employees contains various allegations that are false or based on partial truths that distort events for sensational effect.The District eagerly awaits the opportunity to set the record straight.

“While we will not comment further on ongoing litigation, we refer the community to our equity statement: ‘The Mount Lebanon School District is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and welcoming school environment that recognizes and celebrates identities diverse from all members. of our school community, including students, their families, faculty and staff. All students, regardless of background, identity or ability, will be supported to reach their full potential and pursue their unique talents. The district will fairly and equitably provide resources and remove barriers to enable students to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.'”