Several parents have filed a lawsuit against a Wisconsin school district, claiming a policy allowing teachers and school officials to refer to children by different names and gender pronouns without parental approval or knowledge.

One of the parents withdrew their 12-year-old daughter from school after being regularly addressed with a male name and male pronouns, despite her parents’ objections, National Review reported.

“The parents in this case know and love their daughter and are doing their best to get her the expert care she needs in her battle with anxiety and depression,” according to Kate Anderson. Anderson is senior counsel and director of Alliance Defending Freedom’s (ADF) Center for Parental Rights, which represents the parents in this case alongside the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty.

“We are asking the court to respect the serious concerns of these parents by ensuring Kettle Moraine School District swiftly changes its policy that is undermining parents and harming children,” Anderson added.

After the parents protested, the school reportedly cited a policy that said educators did not require parental authorization to use a different pronoun or name than those provided by the parents. In effect, the policy allows teachers and officials to persuade parents who do not want their child moving toward gender transition, according to Daily Wire.

Alliance Defending Freedom and the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty wrote to the school district on behalf of their clients, requesting that the district change its policy to demand parental consent before using a student’s preferred name or pronouns. The district did not respond, according to ADF, prompting the suit.

“Parents’ rights to direct the upbringing, education, and mental health treatment of their children is one of the most basic constitutional rights every parent holds dear. Yet we are seeing more and more school districts across the country not only ignoring parents’ concerns, but actively working against them,” said Anderson.

She stated that giving schools the freedom to override parents’ wishes and lie to them by concealing information about their children is dangerous. She also argued that the Kettle Moraine policy allows the school to “allow and even encourage students to change their gender identity without telling parents, and in many cases lying to parents.”

Anderson added, the school declined to collaborate with the parents and their daughter’s counselor. Nor did they honor the parent’s wishes for their daughter not to be addressed with male pronouns at school.

Luke Berg of the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty is the principal attorney in B.F. vs. Kettle Moraine. He claimed that schools lacked the authority to make decisions regarding children that their parents disagreed with.

“Schools cannot override parents when it comes to decisions about their children,” Berg said, “Schools must defer to parents about what is best for their child.”

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