A mother from California was awarded a $100,000 lawsuit against the Spreckels Union School District after her 11-year-old daughter was surreptitiously socially transitioned in one of the district’s middle schools.
Teachers at Buena Vista Middle School referred to Jessica Konen’s daughter Alicia with male pronouns and allowed her to use the boys’ restroom, all without Konen’s knowledge or approval.
“Parents, please be bold, stand up for your children; fight for them, and fight for your rights,” Konen said in a video posted by the nonprofit Center for American Liberty following the ruling. “We let our voices be known, and we are so glad we did.”
Center for American Liberty is proud to announce a settlement in Konen v. Spreckels Union School District that resulted in a $100,000 payment by the school district to Jessica and Alicia for the violation of their rights.
Thanks for all the hard work @pnjaban, @mark_trammell,… pic.twitter.com/wdORxgueEH
— Center for American Liberty (@Liberty_Ctr) August 29, 2023
According to Konen’s lawsuit, her daughter joined her school’s “Equality Club” in sixth grade and studied about “LGBT concepts,” transgenderism, and bisexuality.
The school then aided Alicia’s social gender transition by “giving her articles on how to conceal her supposed new gender identity from her mother and giving her a ‘Gender Support Plan’ that required school staff to refer to her by a male name,” according to the lawsuit.
When Konen discovered such behavior, the school apparently attempted to conceal it further by referring to Alicia by her given name and female pronouns in front of her mother. The suit claims that when Konen was not there, Alicia was addressed using male pronouns and a male name.
California has been a center for conflicts over parental rights and gender equality. Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) targeted Temecula Valley Unified School District school board members who voted against questionable curricula. The governor compared the three conservative members of the board to “demagogues who whitewash history, censor books, and perpetuate prejudice.”
He boasted about a civil rights inquiry filed by the state’s attorney general in June into why the board rejected the curriculum and pledged to send the district a $1.6 million bill, along with a $1.5 million fine, for refusing the textbooks in the first place. After first rejecting the curriculum, which includes mature LGBT content, the board changed its mind and adopted the state-backed curriculum.
In another case, Janet Roberson, a mother of three, became the target of local progressive activists and was subsequently fired from her position in May after speaking up at a California school board meeting to express her concerns about LGBT curricula.