State Superintendent Kicked out of California School Board Meeting For Not Agreeing With Proposed Policy

Debates about the rights of transgender individuals continuously make headlines. Where do parental rights begin? What amount of authority should a school have?

A school board in California decided to take a controversial stand—they would fight for parental rights over that of student privacy. They promoted a policy where schools would have to tell parents if their child showed signs of being transgender.

A state official attended the school board meeting to protest the policy, which he perceived as harmful to children but was promptly thrown out.

While transgender rights have gained traction in recent years, this incident raises an important question: at what point do these rights cross the line and infringe upon the rights of others?

Invited to Speak on Behalf of Students

The California State Superintendent, Tony Thurmond, claimed he was invited to the meeting to speak on behalf of LGBTQ students.

The meeting involved the school board of the Chino Valley Unified School District and their new policy, which would force schools to “out” students to their parents.

Things like wanting to be called by a different name or addressed with different pronouns would get reported back to parents.

Thurmond spoke out against this policy, urging the board to reconsider. He stated that half of LGBTQ youth commit suicide and that policies like this could cause far more harm than good.

Shutting Down Claims

The leader of the meeting and school board president, Sonja Shaw, shut down Thurmond’s assessment. She shouted that his agenda would “p*rvert children” and told him, “We will not be bullied in Chino”.

The situation continued to escalate. Shaw told the Superintendent multiple times to sit down, reminding the official that it was “not [his] meeting”. Parents in the crowd cheered Shaw on. When the Superintendent continued to push for time, Shaw had security escort him out of the building.

Where Should We Draw The Line?

This debate over privacy raises an important question about the rights of transgender individuals versus the rights of others. While no parent wants harm to befall their kids, should schools be allowed to decide what constitutes harm? At what point do young people get to decide for themselves who they want to be?

Is Thurmond’s point about safety considered valid? In some instances, it may be more dangerous to tell a child’s family—especially if that family is conservative—about the child’s gender identity. However, the reverse is also true. Parents have the right to know about their child’s mental health and what goes on at school.

It’s moments like these that emphasize the importance of political decisions. Politics affects people’s day-to-day lives. These policies may be the difference between whether or not marginalized students can feel safe and accepted in their educational environment.

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Parents Shared Their Opinions on The Matter

Parents online weighed in on the debate. Many sided with the Chino Valley school board. “The ‘privacy’ of my minor children ends at my name on their birth certificate – period. As the parent, I get to decide what their privacy will be, not the state,” one parent wrote.

“What the Superintendent Thurmond forgets is that parent(s) are still legal custodians of their children until they are 18 years old, legally get married before their 18th birthday, or apply for emancipation status from their parent(s).” Another parent chimed in. “When they turn 18, then they will have more individual rights, responsibilities, and independence. It’s hard to believe that Superintendent Thurman fails to grasp these facts when he is the one in charge of California’s Public Schools. However, since he appears to be pushing that Woke agenda, those facts wouldn’t matter to him.”

The School Stood Its Ground

The Chino Valley Unified School District policy did pass, though it was challenged and resulted in a lawsuit against the district. Despite the lawsuit, Shaw said, “We will stand our ground and protect our children with all we can because we are not breaking the law. Parents have a constitutional right in the upbringing of their children. Period.”


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