Two teachers in a California school district are accused of coaching a student into coming out as transgender behind the backs of the student’s parents, according to video footage circulating on social media.

School staff reportedly changed the student’s name and pronouns and called Child Protective Services when the parents objected to the gender transition, according to a Twitter thread by LibsofTikTok posted early Thursday morning. The thread included video of the girl’s parents addressing the school board of Spreckels Union School District on Wednesday.


The student’s mother, identified as Jessica Konen in the video of the school board meeting posted on its YouTube page, claimed that her daughter’s indoctrination began with a LGBTQ club at Buena Vista Middle School in Salinas, California.

Konen’s husband Gunter described a meeting with the middle school’s principal and an unidentified teacher where he learned of his daughter’s social transition, video showed. He claimed the school called Child Protective Services on the parents due to their objections to the actions of school staff. The agency later dropped the case.

During a California Teachers Association conference held in October, two teachers who taught in the school district described how they recruited students and concealed the students’ activities from parents, according to recordings and documents obtained by writer Abigail Shrier, author of the 2020 book “Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters.”

At least one of the teachers taught at the middle school attended by Konen’s daughter.

“District policy was to deceive parents, and activist teachers ran with that to drive a wedge between parent and child in the name of trans ideology,” Erika Sanzi, director of outreach for the group Parents Defending Education, told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

“This is obviously an egregious case, but the sad truth is that when it comes to trans policies, parents are being deceived by their children’s schools all over the country and the pain felt by the parents in this district is shared by countless parents nationwide,” Sanzi said.

Lawsuits have been filed across the country over school policies that parents claim have encouraged educators to carry out clandestine transitions.

“Public schools and administrators are taking it upon themselves to make these decisions without involving the parents and in fact cutting them out.,” Ryan Bangert, senior counsel and vice president of legal strategy for the Christian legal aid group Alliance Defending Freedom, said when asked for comment.

Spreckels Union Superintendent Eric Tarallo did not reply to an email requesting comment.

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