NJ AG Files Lawsuit Against School Districts that Require Parents be Notified if Their Child Decides to Change Genders

Evan Poellinger | June 27, 2023
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New Jersey Attorney General Matt Platkin has filed a lawsuit against a three school districts that have instituted policies mandating that district staff inform parents if their child chooses to undergo a gender transition.

The policies require schools to notify parents if their child begins using a different name or pronoun or starts using a bathroom contrary to their biological sex.

On Wednesday, June 21, Platkin filed suit against the Manalapan-Englishtown, Marlboro, and Middletown school districts, claiming that the districts’ rules are “discriminatory policies” against children which “pose a severe risk to their safety.”

Platkin’s lawsuit prompted immediate pushback from concerned parents, particularly members of the New Jersey Project parents’ union, which accused Platkin and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) of having “waged war on parents and children” by encouraging the propagation of gender identity ideology in New Jersey public schools.

Mandating school confidentiality to keep parents in the dark about their children undergoing gender transitions would not protect students, but it would make them more vulnerable to bullying and prevent parents from being able to help their children, the group argued.

The lawsuits is part of a larger effort by Platkin and other state attorneys general to protect and advance gender ideology wherever possible.

In a letter sent to Target CEO Brian C. Cornell, Platkin, along with the attorneys general of 14 other states, lobbied Cornell to continue selling LGBTQ “Pride” merchandise in Target stores. The letter stated that, while Target was not mandated to sell such merchandise, withdrawing Pride merchandise would convey to parties opposed to the Pride merchandise that their protests could successfully force companies to stop publicly supporting the LGBT movement.

Attorney General Platkin and his colleagues also said their services are at Cornell’s disposal in his legal fight against supposed “harassment” and “intimidation.”

Time will tell if Cornell will allow these attorneys general to step into their offered role as legal bodyguards for the corporation’s ideological proclivities, as well as whether Platkin’s colleagues will follow his example in filing suit against districts that support parental rights and oppose promotion of gender ideology by schools.