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Judge Rules in favor of Bonta Lawsuit Against School District Parental Notification Policy

‘Schools don’t have any rights to keep secrets from parents’

By Evan Gahr, September 29, 2023 3:02 pm

California Attorney General Rob Bonta’s war on parents scored a victory earlier this month when a judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking the Chino Valley Unified School District’s policy requiring parents to be notified if their child starts switching gender at schools.

The judge issued the ruling in response to a lawsuit Bonta filed in August against the school district, claiming it violates students’ privacy rights and civil rights and that parents would harass their own children if they found out they were showing trans tendencies. The reality is that the real predators are often teachers and administrators who often pressure confused and troubled kids to become transgender behind their parents back.

But the Chino Valley School District school board president and her new lawyer told the California Globe that they would continue to fight the lawsuit, saying that the law and federal constitution is on their side that parents have a right to be involved in their child’s upbringing.

San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Thomas Garza issued his oral ruling at a hearing on Bonta’s lawsuit. Garza said he was issuing his order out of an “abundance of caution” because there are a small minority of parents who might endanger their kids. “There will be parents who don’t take kindly to these discussions.”

Garza said the parental notification policy was overly broad and there was “no clear stated purpose” for the policy.  He compared switching genders to switching religions–a decidedly peculiar comparison because changing religion does not involve genital mutilation and harmful injections of hormones.

“Let’s say that a student were raised under one religion, then decides to change that religion on their own, at whatever age,” Garza said. “With that in mind, whatever the class of protected students are, students are students. Whatever makeup that they comprise, it strikes me that you are singling out a group that is exposed to a clear and present danger.”

Garza’s ruling will remain in effect until an October 13 hearing where he will decide whether to extend it for the duration of the lawsuit.

Bonta issued a statement hailing the judge’s decision to halt what he derisively calls the school district’s “forced outing” policy.

“San Bernardino Superior Court’s decision to issue a temporary restraining order rightfully upholds the state rights of our LGBTQ+ student community and protects kids from harm by immediately halting the board’s forced outing policy,” he declared. “While this fight is far from over, today’s ruling takes a significant step towards ensuring the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of transgender and gender-nonconforming students. As we continue challenging the policy in court, my office will continue providing our unwavering support to ensure every student has the right to learn and thrive in a school environment that promotes safety, privacy, and inclusivity.”

The Chino Valley Unified School District serves closes to 27,000 students in San Bernardino County. The District is now being represented by the Chicago-based Liberty Justice Center  which describes itself as a non-partisan public interest litigation firm devoted to protecting economic liberty, private property rights and free speech.

Liberty Justice Center lawyer Emily Rae told the California Globe that she is optimistic that the school board will prevail at the next hearing in the case on October 13th.

“We are confident when the [judge] is presented with all of the evidence he’ll rule in our favor,” she said. “There is a Constitutional right under the 14th Amendment that parents have the right to direct the upbringing of their children.  This is a right that has been affirmed by” the Supreme Court and lower courts “for many years.”

“Parents need to know what is happening with their child,” she insisted. “And schools don’t have any rights to keep secrets from parents. It’s as simple as that.”

Rae also insisted that Bonta’s central claim in his lawsuit that the parental notification policy violates the privacy rights of students is spurious for a number of reasons.

“This policy does not violate the privacy rights of children who have told teachers, administrators, other students, and anyone else at school that they want to socially transition,” she said. “It’s ludicrous to claim that this otherwise public information is ‘private’ just so schools can have an excuse to keep it a secret from parents.”

The parental notification policy “serves an important purpose of ensuring transparency exists between schools and parents to protect children and give them all the care and support they need while navigating difficult issues. This is about parents being the legal guardians of their minor children.”

Chino Valley School District Board President Sonja Shaw told the California Globe that she would continue to vociferously defend the parental notification policy against the “bullies” who are trying to shut it down.

“To all the parents of California and all board members who are standing up for parental rights, do not back down to any of these ploys because the government bullies will continue to use every power they have to diminish your power and authority,” she proclaimed. “Don’t let them intimidate you. Your kids are worth the fight.”

“These are our children and we love them and we care for them and we are not a danger to them and we will show our children that we will not be submissive to unlawful ways to shut us out.”

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7 thoughts on “Judge Rules in favor of Bonta Lawsuit Against School District Parental Notification Policy

  1. So a Radical Prog judge in a state run by Radical Prog perverts sided with the Radical Prog perverts. What a shocker. This most likely will have to work its way all the way to the Supreme Court which will once again remind the Radical Prog perverts that they are not allowed to subvert other people’s children. Shouldn’t have to take the courts to remind people of this, but this is where we are at these days.

  2. This OUTRAGEOUS ruling by San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Thomas Garz will not be the last word on this issue, as Evan Gahr reported. Good thing the stalwart Chino Valley USD board president Sonja Shaw and Liberty Justice Center attorney Emily Rae are in place and vigilant during this time.
    Ask yourself WHY is the state (A.G. Bonta with Gov Newsom’s blessing) so intent on keeping these vital matters a secret from parents and maneuvering and intimidating LOCAL school districts to toe the line, which by the way is none of their business? Now I am more convinced than ever that AB 665 has a sinister intent. AB 665 passed the legislature in August but as far as I know is still sitting on Gov Newsom’s desk for veto or signature.
    AB 665 is the one that, were it to become law, would allow kids as young as 12 (and up) to get mental health counseling without parental notification or permission. I contend AB 665, if it should become law (God forbid), will be mostly used to funnel so-called “gender-confused” minor students — a serious problem the public schools have done much to create —- post-haste from secret tele-health “counseling” sessions at school (say, LAUSD) directly to the nearest participating hospital’s transgender department (say, L.A. Children’s Hospital “TransYouth” wing) where they will then be super-fast-tracked to puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and mutilating gender-switch surgeries before anyone can blink an eye and without pesky parental interference.
    “Children’s Hospital L.A. Announces Center for TransYouth Health and Development”
    Thank you Evan Gahr for all of your fine coverage of this extremely important topic.

  3. I agree it will go to the Supreme Court. How can this be differentiated from any student medical issue, suicidal ideation, an investigation of a crime, bullying or harassment, all of which must immediately be reported to parents? The answer is that it can’t.

    Rational parents will pull students from public schools if this becomes state policy.

    1. Rod, You are absolutely correct! But, you need to edit the last sentence “…if this becomes state policy.” IT IS STATE POLICY!

  4. Forced outing? So is this going to be a “secret” kept just between the teacher and the student?. How will anyone know what the teachers motive is for keeping this a secret?.. Will the students friends know of his or her knew identity?… Will everyone know what’s going on except for the parents? Finally , how can it called a forced outing if everyone knows except the parents?

  5. It’s pretty reprehensible for a State Attorney General to bring suit AGAINST a school district that agreed parents have the right to be informed of their *dependant* minor children’s choices.
    If AG Bonta felt compelled to bring lawsuits why not start with schools that continue to pass students who CANNOT READ OR PERFORM SIMPLE MATH?? Those are the school districts that continue to fail their communities.

  6. I agree it will go to the Supreme Court. How is this any different from any other student medical issues, suicidal ideation, an investigation of a crime, bullying or harassment, all of which must immediately be reported to parents? The answer is that it can’t.

    Rational parents will pull students from public schools if this becomes state policy.

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