“If this happened in Portland, it would not be a big deal.”
An Oregon teacher pushed a second-grade boy to “come out” as transgender after noticing that he wasn’t using the boys’ restroom at school, his parents have alleged in a lawsuit.
The parents sued the district for nearly $1 million in damages, accusing the school of false imprisonment, negligence and the intentional infliction of emotional distress, the Statesman Journal reported. The lawsuit was filed in Marion County Circuit Court.
The names of the teacher and the family have not been made public.
According to the lawsuit, in April 2018, the teacher at Nellie Muir Elementary School became concerned that the 8 year old was using the staff restroom. Assuming he must secretly identify as female, she allegedly developed a lesson plan “in an effort to promote [him] becoming transgender.”
In reality, the boy and his parents had arranged for him to use the staff restroom because he had a digestion-related medical condition.
Yet on at least three occasions, the teacher kept the boy during recess and showed him videos and books with the message that “it is acceptable to become transgender,” the lawsuit said. Among other materials, she allegedly required him to watch episodes of the reality TV show “I Am Jazz” and read the “I Am Jazz” children’s book, both of which star transgender teenager Jazz Jennings.
At the end of the school week, the teacher allegedly told the boy to take the books home and share them with his family. Only then did his parents learn about the lessons.
“[They] were extremely shocked to find out that she would expose [their son] to various sexual concepts, such as the difference between male and female body parts,” the family’s attorney Edgar Diaz said in the lawsuit.
The parents then filed a complaint with the school. In a disciplinary letter to the teacher, administrators said evidence was found that she had removed the student from regular activities and shared potentially controversial materials with him without informing his parents, which it recommended she do.
According to the parents, the school was dismissive of their concerns, saying: “If this happened in Portland, it would not be a big deal.”
The lawsuit said that the teacher’s actions caused lasting damage to the boy. He began avoiding feminine toys and games for fear of turning into a girl and became more depressed, aggressive and isolated, according the lawsuit, which added that he had started counseling.
“He has also become afraid of attending his current school, seeing [the teacher] and using the boys’ bathroom,” Diaz said.
At the same time, the parents have struggled with anxiety, stress and depression, according to the lawsuit. They were said to fear their son will have gender identity issues.
Diaz blamed the Woodburn School District for failing to properly train and supervise the teacher. District Superintendent Chuck Ransom declined to comment on the case, citing the lawsuit.
The parents asked for $79,999 for current and future counseling, medication, doctors appointments and therapy, and $920,000 in non-economic damages.
Some experts have warned that with the rise of woke culture, parents, educators, and others have become too eager to support children’s claims to be transgender. However, LGBT activists have tended to reject such claims as backwards, often denouncing those who question the transgender rights movement as bigot.