Wisconsin school nixes reading of book about transgender kid

AP

A southern Wisconsin elementary school canceled a planned reading of a children’s book about a transgender girl after a group threatened to sue.

The Mount Horeb Area School District released a statement saying it would not proceed with its planned reading of I am Jazz, the Capital Times reported. The district said it would give the board of education the opportunity to address a situation for which the district has no current policy.

Earlier in November, the principal of Mount Horeb Primary Center sent a letter to parents saying the book would be read and discussed because the school has a student who identifies as a girl but was born with male anatomy.

“We believe all students deserve respect and support regardless of their gender identity and expression and the best way to foster that respect and support is through educating students about the issue of being transgender,” the letter said.

The Florida-based Liberty Counsel threatened to sue, saying it was contacted by concerned parents. Reading the book would violate parental rights, claimed the Liberty Counsel. The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies the Liberty Counsel as a hate group that advocates for “anti-LGBT discrimination, under the guise of religious liberty.”

In its statement, the district said as it seeks to address the needs of the individual student, it will be mindful of the needs of other students and families. It also said families whose children may be affected will be notified of future actions and the goal is to protect all students from bullying so they can learn together in a safe environment.