Legal News

Kindergarten Transgender Ceremony Sparks Possible Lawsuit
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

Parents met with the school staff at Rocklin Academy on Monday. Photo courtesy of CBS.

Summary: At the end of the last school term, a kindergarten teacher surprised her students with a transgender transitioning ceremony. 

In July, a class full of five and six-year-olds were exposed to their first lesson in coming out as transgender.  A teacher in California held a transitioning ceremony for one of her students, where she reintroduced a biological boy as a girl and asked the class to call the student by her new name.


According to Fox News, the surprise event at Rocklin Academy School was met with mixed reactions from parents who were not informed of it beforehand. Some applauded the teacher’s progressiveness, while others felt it was inappropriate. Those in the latter group have even considered filing a lawsuit, according to Activist Mom. 

“I’m so proud of my students, it was never my intent to harm any students but to help them through a difficult situation,” the teacher said in a meeting on Monday.

Ankur Dhawan told Fox News that his daughter, 5, came home after the ceremony and talked about how some girls can be trapped in a boy’s body. Dhawan said that he appreciated learning something new.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!

“This turned out to be a fairly decent way of introducing a topic that I wouldn’t otherwise know to do,” Dhawan said.

But while some parents were fine with the ceremony, others went to the Pacific Justice Institute and the California Family Council for representation, and both organizations spoke to Fox on the parents’ behalf.

“They’re concerned that they weren’t notified this was coming,” said Greg Burt, director of capitol engagement with the California Family Council. “These kids who had never struggled with their gender identity before are all of a sudden scared they could be turned into a boy.”

During the transition ceremony, the teacher showed the kindergarteners two books about coming out as transgender and told the students to call a student who was born male a girl. The ceremony occurred this summer at the end of last year’s term.

School officials said that the teacher had not obtained prior approval to read the books and that parents were notified a week after the ceremony. In the notification letter, the school did not include the word “transgender.”

“The majority of parents who had children in this kindergarten did not think that it would be age appropriate,” Pacific Justice Institute President Brad Dacus said to Fox News.

On July 31st, the school board held a special meeting about the ceremony, and they defended the teacher’s decision to read the books, saying that not reading the books would have put them at risk of being discriminatory.

The school board said that being inclusive would help them avoid a lawsuit, but ironically, some parents are gearing up to sue. However, it is unclear as to whether they will actually file a lawsuit as the school board is listening to their complaints, which include asking for more notifications whenever outside materials are read in class.

“These parents feel betrayed by the school district that they were not notified,” Karen England with the Capitol Resource Institute told CBS News.

What do you think of teaching five-year-olds about transgender issues? Let us know in the comments below.


Interesting Legal Sites You May Like




Search Now

General Municipal Law Attorney with land use experience


Oakland office of our client seeks general municipal law attorney with experience advising public ag...

Apply Now

Senior Land Use Attorney with experience

USA-CA-San Francisco

San Francisco office of our client seeks senior land use attorney with 7+ years of experience. The c...

Apply Now

Immigration Attorney with portable business


McLean office is seeking an immigration attorney with $500,000+ in portable business.

Apply Now

Commercial Litigation Attorney with 4+ years of experience


Chicago office of our client seeks commercial litigation attorney with 4+ years of experience. The c...

Apply Now


Managing Director, Litigation Finance Investments


Title                ...

Apply now

Contract Associate


Seeking lawyer with at least 2 yrs experience in complex real estate transactional matters, with wil...

Apply now



Growing full-service law firm based in Fort Collins and Greeley is seeking a full time Paralegal. Th...

Apply now



Our Syracuse, NY office seeks an Associate with 3-5 years experience defending general liabilit...

Apply now

Most Popular


To Top