The family of a 12-year-old middle school student in Salinas, California, recently accused two teachers of secretly coaching the young girl's gender transition behind their backs, according to videos posted online this week.
What are the details?
During a Spreckels Union School District board meeting on Wednesday, the girl's mother and grandfather sounded off on the district, alleging that school staff altered her name and pronouns without their consent and called Child Protective Services when they objected to her social transition.
The family said that teachers didn't even notify them after finding out their daughter was suicidal.
The girl's mother, identified as Jessica Konen by the Epoch Times, alleged in her speech that her daughter's clandestine transition occurred within an LGBTQ+ club at Buena Vista Middle School.
"I am outraged," the mother said, asking, "Is this really barely coming to light?"
"How could you even allow this?" she continued. "You allowed these teachers to open their classrooms teaching predatorial information to a young child ... that doesn't even know how to comprehend it all."
The speeches were also documented in a Twitter thread posted by the profile "Libs of TikTok."
"How do you not know what is going on at your campuses?" the enraged mother went on to say, declaring, "You took away my ability to parent my child."
The grandfather, identified as Gunter Konen, claimed during his speech that his granddaughter is "confused because she was coached" by the teachers.
"CPS was called on my daughter because she went into school to have a discussion with a teacher for hiding the fact that she was given a new name, a boy's name," he added, noting that to refer to a child as a boy simply because the child claims to be a boy is "vile nonsense."
CPS later dropped the case, the Epoch Times reported.
"Kids are impressionable at that age," the grandfather said, also suggesting that "we need God back in America. We need God back in schools."
What's the background?
The teachers in question appear to have been the subject of an exposé article published last month by Abigail Shrier, a Wall Street Journal reporter and the author of "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters."
In the article, Shrier claimed that leaked audio from an October California Teachers Association conference showed Buena Vista Middle School teacher and LGBTQ club leader Lori Caldeira and fellow middle school teacher Kelly Baraki describing how they recruited students into the club and concealed the students’ activities from parents.
The teachers reportedly admitted that they recruited kids into the club, in part, by stalking their Google searches and monitoring their conversations.
Outrage over the teachers' behavior reportedly prompted the district to announce significant changes in November.
In a letter to parents, the district announced that the school club, called UBU ("You Be You"), had been suspended and that teachers were no longer permitted to monitor students' online activity, among other changes, according to KSBW-TV. Though it was not clear what action was taken against Caldeira and Baraki.
The letter only said: "Regarding the teachers involved, appropriate personnel steps are being taken to make sure such activities and comments will not be repeated."
In an interview with Epoch Times prior to the school board meeting, Jessica Konen said her daughter was coaxed into joining the club when she was in sixth grade, where teachers began affirming bisexuality. By seventh grade, she was called into the school for a meeting with her daughter, a teacher, and the school principal.
There, the teacher informed her that her daughter was "trans fluid."
"They kept looking at me angrily because I kept saying ‘she,’ and that it was going to take me time to time to process everything,” Jessica Konen said. “I was very confused. ... I was very upset. I was blindsided — completely blindsided.”
Within a few days of the meeting, the King City Police Department reportedly showed up at the family's residence, saying a complaint had been made to CPS.
Konen said that her daughter is now attending a different school.