California School Superintendent Is Thrown Out Of Meeting After Criticizing Policy that Mandates Teachers to Alert Parents if Their Child Wants to Identify as Transgender

In a heated session at the Chino Valley Unified school board, California’s State Superintendent of Schools, Tony Thurmond, was ousted after opposing a new policy that allows teachers to speak to the parents of students who wish to identify as transgender.  

The vote

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The move to introduce the parental notification policy was met with applause from the attendees as the board endorsed it with a 4-1 vote.

Thurmond believes the policy will endanger trans students

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The assembly, held at Don Lugo High School in Chino, saw over 300 attendees, a mix of supporters and detractors of the policy. Tensions peaked as Thurmond criticized the policy for endangering transgender students, leading to an intense exchange with the school board’s president, Sonja Shaw.

Arguments ensued

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Shaw rebuffed Thurmond’s concerns, asserting he was advocating measures that “pervert children.” Video clips from the gathering captured Shaw asking Thurmond to take his seat after he had exhausted his speaking time.

People were not on Thurmond’s side

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As he complied, a segment of the crowd cheered, prompting Shaw to call for decorum. In a surprising twist, Shaw then berated Thurmond for supporting her opponent in the last school board election.

He thinks the policy will do more damage than good

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Thurmond, in his address, highlighted potential legal conflicts. “The policy you consider tonight may not only fall outside of privacy laws but may put our students at risk,” he said.

The new policy explained

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Under the newly introduced policy, if a student communicates a desire to identify as transgender—defined as requesting to change their name, pronouns, or accessing gender-specific amenities different from their biological gender—schools are required to inform parents within three days. Teachers are also obligated to notify parents if the student discloses involvement in violence or expresses suicidal thoughts.

Opposition to the policy

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Shaw alluded to an unverified “blackmailing” letter, possibly sent by California’s Attorney General Rob Bonta, who criticized the Chino Valley district’s policy in a letter, asserting it could jeopardize students’ rights and safety.

“The policy would strip them of their freedom, violate their autonomy, and potentially put them in a harmful situation,” Bonta wrote, warning of potential legal action to safeguard student rights.

The gender debate

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The policy’s timing coincides with broader debates on gender dysphoria in minors. Numerous lawsuits have recently emerged, filed by previously transgender individuals who allege they were coerced into invasive surgeries.

The community feels strongly about the policy

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Many parents present at the hearing held strong convictions. Nick Wilson, a Chino Valley school parent, stated, “It is morally repugnant that they think parents shouldn’t be involved with their children.”

This heated debate underscored the divisive issue of transgender rights in schools, mirroring wider societal tensions on the matter.

Some commenters agree with the board

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One user wrote, “He’s saying it could violate privacy laws? From whom? Children?! Parents have every right to know what’s going on with their kids. Schools have no right to hide information about their kids from their parents. None!”

Another couldn’t see the point

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He wrote, “So now the student won’t confide in their teacher. What does that achieve?”

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