The parents of an Oregon schoolboy are suing his school district claiming a teacher made their son confused about his gender identity by wrongly assuming that he was transgender after he asked to use a staff bathroom because of a medical condition then giving him books and TV shows to watch about transitioning.
The mother and father, who have not shared their names in order to protect the boy, say in a lawsuit that he started using the staff bathroom in April 2018 because of a digestive condition which made him uncomfortable going to the restroom in front of other kids.
The teacher wrongly presumed that he did not want to because he does not identify as male, they said.
To 'educate' him, the unnamed teacher gave the boy books to read about gender identity issues and recommended TV shows on the subject, his parents say. They also held him inside during recess to develop the 'lesson plan'.
They claim the boy had never before shown gender identity issues but that as a result of being taught about them, is 'confused'.
They say that he is now traumatized after being exposed to sexual themes and needs a counselor. They only learned about it when the boy came home with the books at the end of a school week.
'He came home Friday with the books in his backpack,' the mother told Fox 12 about the student in reference to copies of I Am Jazz and Who are You? The Kid's Guide to Gender Identity.
Now they are demanding almost $1million from Nellie Muir Elementary School's Woodburn District after the child – who was eight years old at the time – was pulled from his regular schedule and shown books and TV shows about transitioning to a girl without their consent.
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Oregon parents are suing his school district for nearly $1million, claiming negligence, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress on their child who is now confused.