Parents who filed a human rights complaint against a school where their 6-year-old daughter was being taught that “there’s no such thing as boys and girls” have now filed a lawsuit against the school board, principal, and the teacher.
The teacher, who taught a first grade class at Devonshire Community Public School in Ontario, Canada, last year, presented a YouTube video on gender called “He, She, and They?!?—Gender: Queer Kid Stuff #2,” which was part of the lesson plan that day, Pamela Buffone, the mother of the 6-year-old girl, told The Post Millennial earlier this year.
Buffone and her husband subsequently filed a complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal against the school system after their daughter started worrying she might not be female after watching that video.
Last week, The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, a legal advocacy organization specializing in Canadian constitutional law that is representing the Buffones and their daughter, filed an amended application noting that child’s rights to security of the person and equality under relevant sections of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms were infringed, Radio Canada International reported Tuesday.
“She was very passionate about all kinds of social justice topics, most of which our daughter really enjoyed learning about,” Buffone said of her daughter, who is now attending a different school, in an interview with Radio Canada International.
The teacher of her first grade class had drawn a “gender spectrum” on the whiteboard and asked the children to identify where they placed on the spectrum. Buffone’s daughter picked the furthest end of the spectrum designated “girl.” Their human rights complaint claims that the teacher instructed the class that “girls are not real, and boys are not real,” which greatly distressed their daughter.
“At the age of 6, she was just figuring out that animals are divided into boys and girls; when she met a new dog on the street, for example, she would ask ‘is it a boy or a girl?,’” Buffone said.
“So she was very confused by what her teacher was saying and was struggling to understand what it meant for her as a girl.”
In an interview with The Christian Post on Thursday, Buffone said they initially filed their application on their own, but with the assistance of a lawyer who was unable to take the case further.
“When the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms agreed to assist us, their lawyers thought we should raise the Charter arguments and highlight that this is also a case of discrimination on the basis of sex, not just gender identity,” she explained.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter