In a set of cases strikingly similar to one in Florida, two sets of parents are suing the same Massachusetts school district over it allegedly hiding their children’s gender identities.
The first suit brought by Stephen Foote and Marissa Silvestri alleges both of their minor children were encouraged to use new names and pronouns without their parents knowledge or consent.
They were also instructed to use the bathroom and locker room that matched their new identities.
The second set of parents, Jonathan Feliciano and Sandra Salmeron, also have two children in the district. They allege one of the defendants, school counselor Marie-Claire Funke, told their children that they were nonbinary and asked to refer to them using gender-neutral pronouns.
The suit also claims Funke told their children to use the new gender-neutral pronouns for each other and encouraged other “children to experiment with alternate gender identities without notifying parents or obtaining parental consent.”
Ludlow School Committee Chair James P. “Chip” Harrington admitted the issue is a “slippery slope”.
In a statement to MassLive, he said, “We want to support our students the best we can. But we should bring parents to the table, and hope they respond in a loving and supportive way as well.”