California Sues School District Over Parental Notification Policy

California recently filed a lawsuit against Chino Valley Unified School District over a common-sense policy requiring schools to notify parents if their child wants to “change” their gender.

The lawsuit was filed by Attorney General Rob Bonta who argued that the district’s “parental notification” policy is harmful toward “transgender and non-binary” students. Bonta claimed that such students are in “danger of imminent irreparable harm.”

“They are in real fear that the district’s policy will force them to make a choice: either ‘walk back’ their constitutionally and statutorily protected rights to gender identity and gender expression, or face the risk of emotional, physical, and psychological harm from non-affirming or unaccepting parents or guardians,” the lawsuit states, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The school district did not remain quiet after Bonta released his lawsuit on behalf of the state. Chino Valley School District President Sonja Shaw said, “Bring it,” in response, according to Breitbart News.

California initially launched an investigation into China Valley Unified School District after it passed its policy in July 2023 by a 4-1 vote, as reported by Breitbart News.

Shaw backed the policy as common sense. The school district president is not alone in her comments. A Rasmussen poll comprised of California voters showed that 84% of individuals in the state support the district’s parental notification policy.

Shaw spoke to Breitbart News, where she detailed the fact that California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and other state officials have tried to intimidate school districts that have passed parental notification policies.

“I’m not surprised at the aggressive stance Sacramento is taking against the district for daring to question motives and agendas that don’t sit well with parents and families fighting to keep themselves involved in the life’s of children,” Shaw said.

“Once again, this is government overreach, and the political cartel of Bonta, Newsom, and Thurmond is using their muscle and taxpayers’ dollars to shut parents out of their children’s lives,” she added.

Shaw continued by saying that the district found out about the lawsuit through the mainstream media. She criticized Bonta, claiming that the attorney general could not specifically cite a law that the school district was breaking through its passage of the policy.

“I find it a joke. He knows better, and this is another ploy to stop all the districts around California from adopting a common-sense, legal policy,” she told Breitbart News.

“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,” she added.