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California School District Settles Transgenderism Grooming Case

The Center for American Liberty announced on August 29, 2023 that it had agreed to a settlement in the case of Konen v. Spreckels Union School District for $100,000. The case involved California mother Jessica Konen, whose daughter Alicia was secretly being “socially transitioned” by public school employees without notifying the parents. The case claimed that two teachers, Lori Caldeira and Kelly Baraki, spearheaded the so-called Equality Club at Buena Vista Middle School which was had been grooming then-eleven year old Alicia into believing she was transgender. Konen discovered their activities during her daughter’s at home schooling amidst Covid.

Through an internal investigation, the school district concluded that the two teachers did nothing wrong, but they both had resigned and the club was disbanded before the lawsuit’s conclusion.

Included in the legal team was Harmeet K. Dhillon, the candidate for national GOP chair who lost to Trump backed Ronna McDaniel. In their statement, the Center for American Liberty included the following:

This is a huge win for Jessica and Alicia, and it’s also a win for parents across the country. Increasingly, schools are pushing radical gender ideology on young students and socially transitioning vulnerable children—without parental notification or consent.

Parents have a fundamental right to direct the upbringing of their children. Parental Secrecy policies, as employed by the Spreckels Union School District and by schools across the country, unconstitutionally rob parents of that right.

In Alicia’s case, her school fostered her identification as a boy, gave her articles on how to conceal her new gender identity from her family, and put her on a “Gender Support Plan” that instructed school staff to refer to her by a male name and male pronouns and to let her use the unisex teachers’ restroom—all behind Jessica’s back.

What happened to Jessica and Alicia is happening across the country. That’s why their victory is so important. Jessica and Alicia’s courage to come forward and tell their story continues to inspire more parents to file similar lawsuits fighting back against schools’ intrusion on parental rights.

These violations of parental rights must be stopped. Jessica and Alicia’s settlement serves as a critical check on one school district and as a warning to others: parents will not stand idly by while schools trample on their right to raise their children. [Boldness not added]


Though this is a victory for Jessica Konen, it is more of an anomaly of justice rather than a sign of change, contrary to the claims of Dhillon’s center. The overall trend of these lawsuits is that they either get tossed or the courts declare that the schools have every right to transgender children. Even in Maryland, a federal judge ruled that parents do not have a right to opt their children out of homosexual education. Moreover, a settlement of $100,000 was probably considered the cheaper alternative for the school district than fighting the lawsuit, even though they likely would have won in California. For Konen, the settlement was probably the best outcome.

The fight against transgenderism is rife with barriers at every point, and for the most part, lawfare seems to be the only political tactic widely deployed, as even conservative states are unwilling to go after this degeneracy outside of few exceptions. Even those who do often coax their language to avoid deriding the gays or being called bigots. This is a war, and while California might forego $100,000 on one case, it is hardly a precedent going forward.

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