California’s legislature passed bills earlier this month to make the state a sanctuary zone for transgender people seeking medical procedures. The passage of bills SB107, AB665 and AB957 lowers the age for irreversible procedures to 12-year-olds and allows gender transition treatment without parental consent, or even if one parent expresses opposition.
California’s so-called “Parental Secrecy Policy” is being challenged by an angry mother after a school district offered her young daughter gender counseling without notifying parents or seeking parental consent.
The mother, Aurora Regino told Fox News that her daughter’s elementary school helped her “transition from female to male.” During the process, a “guidance counselor” did not contact parents regarding the Chico Unified School District’s efforts to assist the 11-year-old girl’s transitioning efforts.
At a school board meeting last Wednesday, Regino voiced her concern that school district officials were coaching young children to make life-altering decisions without parental engagement or permission. Regino recapped what happened in an interview on Fox News:
“During one of the meetings, my daughter told the counselor she wanted to tell me about her new identity. They ignored her request and did nothing to support her in letting me know what was going on at school.”
Reportedly, the board considered a proposal to allow “more parental inclusion” but voted to maintain the existing “parental secrecy policy” by a vote of 3-2.
Regino told Fox host Todd Piro on Tuesday: “It was a really sad decision that they made, but unfortunately, I wasn’t extremely surprised.”
Regino added: “This policy that they have in place, to keep these situations a secret from the family, is incredibly damaging. It was extremely damaging in my case with my daughter.”
“She was bullied, and she didn’t have the support that she needed from her family,” Regino continued. “She was outed within the school with other people within the office knowing her new gender and pronouns that she didn’t even tell them, and she had to go through those feelings of wondering how they even knew all on her own.”
Regino, who refers to the district’s secrecy policy as “incredibly dangerous,” is now suing the district for not disclosing information pertinent to her daughter’s health and wellbeing.
The parent-turned-parent-activist told Piro she is determined to speak out on this issue, saying, “When this originally happened to our family, nobody could’ve ever told me that this was going on, especially at the young age of elementary school.”
Regino noted that the school board’s secrecy policy extends to children as young as five.
“It’s incredibly damaging that they’re upholding such a crazy policy for such young children,” Regino charged.
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