May 16, 2023 – Billy Hallowell / CBN News
A veteran middle school teacher who has spent more than 20 years in the classroom is suing school leaders over the claim officials implored her and other educators to lie to parents about students’ gender identities.
Elizabeth Mirabelli said she’s passionate about helping students learn and prepare for the future and “achieve their own dreams.” But the educator said she’s been forced to take a stand over what she said is improper policymaking at the hands of the Escondido Union School District. “We were told in meetings that we had to follow the policy strictly,” Mirabelli told CBN’s Faithwire.
“We were told to say certain things and we were told to withhold information from parents, and one teacher that works with me at my school asked a lot of questions about the policy. She spoke to her students about it, also questioning whether it was the right thing to do.”
Mirabelli said the teacher was soon called into the office and “reprimanted in writing” by the principal and vice-principal. This, in effect, left Mirabelli scared to speak out. “I got pretty scared because I thought, ‘They’re gonna write you up, that goes in your file, and you’re supposedly violating the rules of your contract,’” she said.
At the time, Mirabelli said the policy, which had been in the works for quite some time, wasn’t anything she needed to immediately worry about. This school year, though, the dynamic did finally enter her classroom and students reportedly began making such requests. “
They were asking me, ‘I’d like to be called this … but please don’t tell my parents,’” she said. “I was approached by a number of students, and I realized quickly that I was in a really rough space because I keep in regular contact with parents.”
Now, she’s taking action.
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