Two families in Colorado are suing their school district, claiming that their daughters were encouraged to join a “secret” club in which children are persuaded to transition, but also keep the club’s activities concealed from parents.
The Daily Caller reports:
The parents say their daughters joined due to staff encouragement. America First Policy Institute (AFPI) and Illumine Legal filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Poudre School District (PSD) on behalf of Johnathan and Erin Lee and Nick and Linnaea Jurich, who allege that their sixth grade daughters were recruited by a teacher to join Wellington Middle-High School’s “Genders and Sexualities Alliance” (GSA) Art club in May 2021 where teachers encouraged students to change genders.
PSD employees allegedly told the girls to keep the meetings a “secret” from their parents, including that the club has a “what happens at GSA stays at GSA policy,” the lawsuit stated.
The school district’s “Guidelines Supporting Transgender and Gender Expansive Nonconforming Students” states that “[p]rior to notification of any parent/guardian or guardian [sic] regarding the transition process, school staff should work closely with the student to assess the degree, if any, the parent/guardian will be involved in the process,” the lawsuit showed. This policy expressly excludes parents from their child’s gender transition, the lawsuit states.
One of the girls allegedly told her parents she would be transitioning genders to a boy, shortly after she joined the club, according to the lawsuit. The girl’s parents say she had never expressed any confusion about her gender prior to joining the GSA club.
Additionally, one of the girls’ mental health “significantly declined following her experiences in the GSA club, leading to her attempting suicide by drinking an ounce of bleach in December 2021, the lawsuit alleged.”
The GSA club featured guest speakers such as one teacher who ran “SPLASH,” (Supporting Pride Learning and Social Happenings), a group that focuses on educating students on gender identity and sexual orientation, the lawsuit alleged. While speaking to the GSA club in May 2021, the teacher allegedly told students that “if they are not completely comfortable in their bodies, that means that they are transgender.”
Michigan asks residents to house migrants, enroll children in school and help adults find employment
Michigan is asking its residents to help with the mess its leadership created and house migrants in their own homes. The state Department of Labor and Economic Development said volunteers who participate must commit for at least 90 days as part of the refugee support program.
In addition to opening up their homes, sponsors are expected to support newly arrived refugees by greeting them at the airport, securing and preparing initial housing, enrolling children in school and helping adults find employment.
“Programs like the Welcome Corps advance the Office of Global Michigan’s mission to make Michigan the home for opportunity for our immigrant, refugee and ethnic communities,” said Poppy Hernandez, Global Michigan Director and Michigan’s Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. “Expanded refugee resettlement pathways empower more Michiganders to support our state’s growing refugee population and build a more welcoming and inclusive Michigan for all.”
The migrants will come from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, all points of origin where many have been hoping to apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Fox News reports “cities like New York and Chicago have also dealt with issues related to migrants committing crimes, as well as pushback from residents who have voiced anger and concern over the influx. Migrant shelters in those cities have largely been full, forcing officials to come up with ways to safely house the migrants.”
Last year, Massachusetts officials asked residents to open their doors as migrant shelters were full at the time. “Most importantly, if you have an extra room or suite in your home, please consider hosting a family. Housing and shelter is our most pressing need and become a sponsor family,” said Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll.
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