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Massachusetts Parents Sue School District for Hiding Child’s ‘Alternate Gender Identity’ From Them
By Bill Pan
April 20, 2022


A public school district in Massachusetts is facing a lawsuit over its efforts to encourage children to “experiment with alternate gender identities” at school and hide that information from their parents.

In a complaint filed last week in a U.S. district court, two families alleged that administrators and several employees at Ludlow Public Schools have “exceeded the bounds of legitimate pedagogical concerns” and violated the parents’ right to make medical and mental health decisions for their children, as well as their right to preserve family privacy and integrity.

The suing families specifically target Ludlow’s de facto protocol that parents are not to be notified when their child “raise issues of gender non-conformity or transgender status,” including when the child asks to be called by preferred opposite sex names and pronouns or to use restrooms designated for the opposite sex, unless the child consents.

Parents Stephen Foote and Marissa Silvestri alleged that this protocol has kept them out of the loop on the mental health issues of B.F., their then-11-year-daughter at Baird Middle School in Ludlow.

According to the complaint (pdf), B.F. in December 2020 disclosed to a teacher, Bonnie Manchester, that she had told a friend that she might be attracted to the same sex, that she was depressed, and that she was unsure about how to ask her parents for help. Manchester notified Silvestri, who then contacted Baird officials to let them know that she was retaining professional help for her daughter, and requested that they should “not have any private conversations with B.F. in regards to this matter.”

Baird counselor Marie-Claire Foley, however, allegedly ignored the mother’s message and engaged in “regular communications” with B.F., directing the girl to affirm her new gender identity. She also allegedly allowed B.F. to change her name and referred to her in email exchanges as R.F., her preferred male name, all without her parents’ knowledge.

On Feb. 28, 2021, B.F. wrote an email to Foley, then-Ludlow superintendent Todd Gazda, and all Baird teachers, declaring herself “a genderqueer” who would use the R name and “any pronouns other than it/its.” In a reply-all email to the girl and the other recipients, Foley appeared to ask that school staff follow the protocol and keep secrets from the girl’s parents about the changes.

“R is still in the process of telling his parents and is requesting that school staff refer to him as B and use she/her pronouns with her parents and in written emails/letters home,” the counselor wrote, according to court filings.

In addition, Foley allegedly referred B.F. to Baird librarian Jordan Funke, who regularly met with students one-on-one to discuss gender identity issues and provide resources promoting exploration of alternate gender identities. Funke had also instructed students to make a video in which they state their “gender identity and preferred pronouns.” B.F. was among the students given that assignment in 2019 when she ascended to sixth grade.

Silvestri was not aware of the changes until March 1, 2021, when she received a copy of B.F.’s email from Manchester. On March 18, Baird principal Stacy Monette told Manchester that she was placed on leave because of “inappropriate contact with the parents of a student.” Monette officially fired Manchester about a month later, saying that she shared “sensitive confidential information about a student’s expressed gender identity against the wishes of the student.”

“I did what any teacher would and should do: I told the parents,” Manchester told The Epoch Times earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Silvestri’s and Foote’s son S.F. is also a student at Baird. According to the complaint, teachers and counselors “similarly disregarded the parents’ intent” by engaging in “regular conversations” with the boy, who had identified as transgender and requested to be called by a female name.

“Baird Middle School staff did not notify Foote and Silvestri of these conversations, but instead followed the Protocol to conceal the information from them as they have for B.F.,” the court filings read.

Parents Jonathan Feliciano and Sandra Salmeron are also listed as plaintiff. They claimed that Ludlow violated their constitution-guaranteed freedom of religious expression because the protocol is being enforced at all schools across the district.

Specifically, the couple argued that the school district’s conduct infringes their “sincerely held religious beliefs which include respect for parental authority, truthfulness, and adherence to a Biblical understanding of male and female and standards of behavior.”

“We want to support our students the best we can,” Ludlow School Committee Chair James Harrington told state news station MassLive. “But we should bring parents to the table and hope they respond in a loving and supportive way as well.”

Andrew Beckwith, the attorney representing the families and president of non-profit advocacy group Massachusetts Family Institute, said his clients hope the court will end the protocol and clarify the rights of parents across the state, especially in cases where public schools are interfering with their children’s mental health issues without their knowledge.

“In this specific type of case, you have a school affirming a child’s discordant gender identity,” Beckwith told The Epoch Times. “That is effectively mental health treatment intervention that schools are not qualified, competent, and in this case, not authorized by the parents to make.”

“At any time, parents should always be informed and involved in their children’s lives,” he said. “Teachers should be working in partnership with parents, not getting fired because they talk to the parents as what happened in this case.”

The Article: https://www.theepochtimes.com/massachus ... 16092.html

The Court Filing: https://legalinsurrection.com/wp-conten ... plaint.pdf


Warning to mouth breathers. I'm posting an article WITHOUT COMMENTARY. That means you get to form an opinion on your own without blaming me for "politicizing it".
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Your posts are repetitive, stupid, and insipid.

There are not "leftists" on this forum. At least not the moronic definition you go by.

Meanwhile, the right-wingers are doing this:

Teacher beats up Class I student,her father moves child rights panel
THE father of a Class I student of a Santacruz school who was allegedly beaten up by her teacher has approached the state child rights commission against the school management.
https://indianexpress.com/article/citie ... hts-panel/

Child beaters and pedophiles are the purview of right-wingers.

Why are you silent about this? You hiding something?


Note: The Epoch Times are a shit source.

Bias: Hyper-Partisan Right
Reliability: Unreliable, Problematic

https://adfontesmedia.com/epoch-times-b ... liability/
#15226834
BlutoSays wrote:Notice how quiet leftists are?


There's no point in commenting here. The school did the right thing by NOT disclosing to parents information that might lead to child abuse/neglect, etc.

Specifically, the couple argued that the school district’s conduct infringes their “sincerely held religious beliefs which include respect for parental authority, truthfulness, and adherence to a Biblical understanding of male and female and standards of behavior.”


Yup. The school did exactly the right thing.
#15226835
BlutoSays wrote:Notice how quiet leftists are?

They simply do not have the obsession with penis matters that trump cultists have plus they may have noticed how trump cultists are REALLY boring ......... i guess they take their cue from Fatso ........ HEY! have you heard that the election was stolen and that a cow jumped over the moon? :lol:

BTW: Democrats have given the little guy social security and medicare while Republicans want us to be concerned with penis matters ......... take that to the bank :lol: .
#15226902
jimjam wrote:They simply do not have the obsession with penis matters that trump cultists have plus they may have noticed how trump cultists are REALLY boring ......... i guess they take their cue from Fatso ........ HEY! have you heard that the election was stolen and that a cow jumped over the moon? :lol:

BTW: Democrats have given the little guy social security and medicare while Republicans want us to be concerned with penis matters ......... take that to the bank :lol: .


Social Security is a ponzi scheme that's going to tip over, you selfish dipshit.
#15226918
Godstud wrote:@BlutoSays Selfish because he paid into it all his life, so he can now benefit from it? You sure are a sanctimonious little twat, aren't you?


Until the GD thing tips over and everyone who was FORCED to pay into that ponzi scheme find out they can't benefit like those before them.

With the amount that program CONFISCATES from some people's pay checks, they could have a solid down payment for a house or something else THEY decided to do with the money THEY earned.

The GD thing doesn't even earn interest on its holdings. It's a ponzi scheme over a long timeline. You know, the thing Bernie Madoff was arrested and thrown in prison for. But he didn't CONFISCATE people's earning, unlike Uncle Sham. Their participation was voluntary.
#15226967
BlutoSays wrote:Social Security is a ponzi scheme that's going to tip over, you selfish dipshit.


BEST PLUTO CROCK OF SHIT YET!!! So ....... assuming that you do not consider yourself a selfish dipshit can we further assume that , if you are an old fart like myself, you have turned down your right to collect monthly benefits or, if you are fifteen years or so old, your retirement plan will include refusing monthly benefits when the time comes ........ :eek: ........ :lol:

My original point was that while Democrats have initiated programs to assist the poor and elderly, Republicans would prefer for us to be concerned with the sex lives of our neighbors ..... :eh: while they continue to pass out tax loopholes for their billionaire "campaign contributors".

Follow the money not the lies and hot air. I wouldn't expect you to grasp this concept ,it's a bit complex :lol:
#15227285
Godstud wrote:Your posts are repetitive, stupid, and insipid.

So, we are resorting to name calling?
Godstud wrote:There are not "leftists" on this forum. At least not the moronic definition you go by.

Ha! 90% of the people in this forum are Leftists, or at least extremely Left-leaning.
Godstud wrote:Meanwhile, the right-wingers are doing this:

Nice try at deflection and whataboutism.

Not the topic of this thread.
#15227286
At the risk of going off topic, here are a few other related stories:

Boy tried to cut off own penis after teachers put confusing ideas into his head

A 3-year-old boy in England tried to cut off his own penis after teachers tried to teach the class about "gender identity" and transgenderism.

Maybe a 3 year old does not have enough wisdom and life experience to understand these types of things in proper perspective?
What do you expect when you tell a boy he can turn into a girl if he wants to?

Notice how this dishonest article tries to flip everything around and make people think the boy tried to do this because he was NOT taught about transgender issues. Leave the public with the impression that some little children are going to try mutilating their genitals themselves if they are not educated that there are "other options".
Transgender girl tried to cut off penis aged 3 and now wears skirt to school - Mirror Online


Planned Parenthood: Teaching My Preschooler About Gender Identity
https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn ... t-identity

WATCH: Trans, non-binary elementary school teacher says 3-year-olds are old enough to learn about gender identity, sexual orientation | The Post Millennial
https://thepostmillennial.com/teacher-s ... rientation

Here's a recent article that happened in Scottsdale Arizona where a teacher was caught teaching 3 year olds about "gender identity"
Scottsdale Unified Parents Call For Investigation Of Employee Discussing Gender Ideology With Kindergarteners – Arizona Daily Independent
One child came home to his parents and asked them "Will I always be a boy?"
The parents suspected something strange was going on.

The state of California plans to officially include gender identity in the education plan for kindergartners.
Opinion | California wants to teach kindergartners about gender identity. Seriously. - The Washington Post
It's probably already started in some places in that state.

Oregon state standards now require 8 year olds to define "gender identity". Public schools in Washington state and Oregon are teaching topics related to gender identity to children as young as 5.
Washington state, Oregon teach kindergartners 'there are many ways to express gender' | Fox News

In a Virginia school, a celebration of transgender students in a kindergarten class
"Foster reflected on how far the country has progressed, he said, as dozens of kindergarten students sat cross-legged in his classroom at Ashlawn Elementary School in Arlington, listening as an advocate for transgender rights paged through a children’s picture book about a transgender girl."
In a Virginia school, a celebration of transgender students in a kindergarten class - The Washington Post

This is from England: 'Transgender lessons' to be given to nursery children as young as two

Drag queens sent to nursery schools to teach kids as young as two about 'gender diversity' Children as young as two are taught specially adapted songs by performers including Donna La Mode
Among ditties suggested for the London sessions is a version of Wheels on the Bus, which goes: "The skirt on the drag queen goes swish, swish, swish."
Men in women’s clothes are teaching kids as young as two - including one who dressed as Alice in Wonderland - at seven Government-funded nurseries to stop them committing hate crimes in later life.
Youngsters learn specially-adapted trans songs at the sessions and are told stories - one about a teddy bear which realises it is a girl and not a boy.
The Drag Queen Story Time classes are held by Bristol University law graduate Thomas Canham, 26. He hopes they will soon be rolled out across all 37 centres run by the London Early Years Foundation.​

Drag queens sent to nursery schools to teach kids as young as two about 'gender diversity' (thesun.co.uk) Neil Syson, 12 Nov, 2017
#15227320
Beren wrote:In the US, is this really such a current story or topic certainly demanding so much comment and discussion? Are you really going to discuss such issues + abortion and gun control all along until the midterms finally take place? :roll:

Yes, The Republican party would prefer to discuss proper penis use to distract the Trump Cult from the fact that they are getting financially fucked in the ass by America's ruling billionaire class.
#15227327
Puffer Fish wrote:So, we are resorting to name calling?
Calling someone posts "repetitive, stupid, and insipid" is not insulting them.

That you don't have a clue what "left" even means, is obvious.

Do you think being progressive is "left"?

According to you, and some people, wanting freedom and equality is "Left".
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BlutoSays wrote:Massachusetts Parents Sue School District for Hiding Child’s ‘Alternate Gender Identity’ From Them
By Bill Pan
April 20, 2022


A public school district in Massachusetts is facing a lawsuit over its efforts to encourage children to “experiment with alternate gender identities” at school and hide that information from their parents.

In a complaint filed last week in a U.S. district court, two families alleged that administrators and several employees at Ludlow Public Schools have “exceeded the bounds of legitimate pedagogical concerns” and violated the parents’ right to make medical and mental health decisions for their children, as well as their right to preserve family privacy and integrity.

The suing families specifically target Ludlow’s de facto protocol that parents are not to be notified when their child “raise issues of gender non-conformity or transgender status,” including when the child asks to be called by preferred opposite sex names and pronouns or to use restrooms designated for the opposite sex, unless the child consents.

Parents Stephen Foote and Marissa Silvestri alleged that this protocol has kept them out of the loop on the mental health issues of B.F., their then-11-year-daughter at Baird Middle School in Ludlow.

According to the complaint (pdf), B.F. in December 2020 disclosed to a teacher, Bonnie Manchester, that she had told a friend that she might be attracted to the same sex, that she was depressed, and that she was unsure about how to ask her parents for help. Manchester notified Silvestri, who then contacted Baird officials to let them know that she was retaining professional help for her daughter, and requested that they should “not have any private conversations with B.F. in regards to this matter.”

Baird counselor Marie-Claire Foley, however, allegedly ignored the mother’s message and engaged in “regular communications” with B.F., directing the girl to affirm her new gender identity. She also allegedly allowed B.F. to change her name and referred to her in email exchanges as R.F., her preferred male name, all without her parents’ knowledge.

On Feb. 28, 2021, B.F. wrote an email to Foley, then-Ludlow superintendent Todd Gazda, and all Baird teachers, declaring herself “a genderqueer” who would use the R name and “any pronouns other than it/its.” In a reply-all email to the girl and the other recipients, Foley appeared to ask that school staff follow the protocol and keep secrets from the girl’s parents about the changes.

“R is still in the process of telling his parents and is requesting that school staff refer to him as B and use she/her pronouns with her parents and in written emails/letters home,” the counselor wrote, according to court filings.

In addition, Foley allegedly referred B.F. to Baird librarian Jordan Funke, who regularly met with students one-on-one to discuss gender identity issues and provide resources promoting exploration of alternate gender identities. Funke had also instructed students to make a video in which they state their “gender identity and preferred pronouns.” B.F. was among the students given that assignment in 2019 when she ascended to sixth grade.

Silvestri was not aware of the changes until March 1, 2021, when she received a copy of B.F.’s email from Manchester. On March 18, Baird principal Stacy Monette told Manchester that she was placed on leave because of “inappropriate contact with the parents of a student.” Monette officially fired Manchester about a month later, saying that she shared “sensitive confidential information about a student’s expressed gender identity against the wishes of the student.”

“I did what any teacher would and should do: I told the parents,” Manchester told The Epoch Times earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Silvestri’s and Foote’s son S.F. is also a student at Baird. According to the complaint, teachers and counselors “similarly disregarded the parents’ intent” by engaging in “regular conversations” with the boy, who had identified as transgender and requested to be called by a female name.

“Baird Middle School staff did not notify Foote and Silvestri of these conversations, but instead followed the Protocol to conceal the information from them as they have for B.F.,” the court filings read.

Parents Jonathan Feliciano and Sandra Salmeron are also listed as plaintiff. They claimed that Ludlow violated their constitution-guaranteed freedom of religious expression because the protocol is being enforced at all schools across the district.

Specifically, the couple argued that the school district’s conduct infringes their “sincerely held religious beliefs which include respect for parental authority, truthfulness, and adherence to a Biblical understanding of male and female and standards of behavior.”

“We want to support our students the best we can,” Ludlow School Committee Chair James Harrington told state news station MassLive. “But we should bring parents to the table and hope they respond in a loving and supportive way as well.”

Andrew Beckwith, the attorney representing the families and president of non-profit advocacy group Massachusetts Family Institute, said his clients hope the court will end the protocol and clarify the rights of parents across the state, especially in cases where public schools are interfering with their children’s mental health issues without their knowledge.

“In this specific type of case, you have a school affirming a child’s discordant gender identity,” Beckwith told The Epoch Times. “That is effectively mental health treatment intervention that schools are not qualified, competent, and in this case, not authorized by the parents to make.”

“At any time, parents should always be informed and involved in their children’s lives,” he said. “Teachers should be working in partnership with parents, not getting fired because they talk to the parents as what happened in this case.”

The Article: https://www.theepochtimes.com/massachus ... 16092.html

The Court Filing: https://legalinsurrection.com/wp-conten ... plaint.pdf


Warning to mouth breathers. I'm posting an article WITHOUT COMMENTARY. That means you get to form an opinion on your own without blaming me for "politicizing it".


The parents should be forced to take classes about supporting kids and how to parent properly.

And they should thank the school for watching out for their kids’ health for them.
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