Mother sues school over 'transgender support plan' daughter filled out

Furious Florida mother sues 13-year-old daughter’s school after teachers created a ‘transgender support plan’ WITHOUT her consent because the girl questioned her gender when friends started identifying as trans

  • A Florida mother is suing her daughter’s school after she says school officials helped her 13-year-old daughter transition genders without parental consent
  • January Littlejohn says that her daughter expressed confusion about her gender only after three LGBTQ-obsessed friends came out as transgender
  • Littlejohn says that the school filled out a ‘transgender support plan’ with her daughter, and conspired to systematically hide the transition from parents
  • Littlejohn says that the same thing is occurring across the country, and that she is suing the school to assert parental involvement  in life-altering decisions

A Florida mom has sued her daughter’s school after teachers launched a ‘transgender support plan’ without asking for parental consent, reports say.

January Littlejohn said two years ago her then 13-year-old daughter had a group of friends who were ‘obsessed’ with anything have to do with the LGBTQ community.

She told how when three of them began identifying as trans or non-binary her daughter said she was confused about her own gender.

She said she and her husband brought their daughter to a councilor to help her work through her confusion and began doing research to understand the subject.

But weeks later the mother revealed school bosses had spoken to the youngster about changing her name and which bathroom she wanted to use.

January Littlejohn telling her family’s story at an event held by the Florida Family Policy Council on November 3, 2021

Littlejohn says officials at the Deerlake Middle School in Tallahassee, Florida, gave her daughter a ‘transgender support plan’ to fill out after she expressed gender confusion

Littlejohn said during a speech to the Florida Family Policy Council in 2021: ‘She had expressed no signs of gender confusion or distress in early childhood or leading up into this announcement, so we were trying our best to navigate these uncharted waters and support her in the best way we could and help her through her feelings.’

She continued: ‘I also told the teacher that I felt it was directly related to her friend group, that my daughter has ADHD, which puts her emotionally immature and behind her peers.’

When school resumed in 2020, Littlejohn told a teacher at the Deerlake Middle School in Tallahassee, Florida, about the situation and informed her that she and her husband were not affirming their daughter’s new preferred name and pronouns at home while they were working through her feelings, and that they did not feel that transitioning was in her best interest.

Littlejohn also told the teacher that she was okay with her daughter adopting her preferred name as a nickname at school.

But weeks later Littlejohn said after one day school her daughter happily told her she had spoken with officials about changing her name, and they’d asked her which bathroom she wanted to use. 

Speaking on Fox & Friends First in May, Littlejohn said her daughter’s middle school told her that she could not be involved in gender discussions without her daughter’s legal consent

Littlejohn’s attorney, Vernadette Broyles, bottom right, said that she has seen litigation surrounding similar cases against schools across the country

Aghast by the discussion the school had had with her daughter without parental consent, Littlejohn called them immediately and asked them about it.

She was told by the school guidance councilor and vice-principal that they could not disclose what had been talked about in the meeting, and that Littlejohn’s daughter needed to give consent by-law for her parents to be informed about or be present for future discussions.

‘My 13-year-old daughter who can’t vote, drink, or enter into any other legal contract without our permission or input,’ Littlejohn said in 2021.

Littlejohn, center left, and her husband, right, with their family. Littlejohn and her husband are parents to three. They live in Tallahassee, Florida

The Littlejohns say they were taken aback by their daughter’s gender-confusion. They feel that it was brought on by three of her friends January described as ‘LGBTQ obsessed’ 

Littlejohn says that after several weeks of back-and-forths with the school district, the principal finally showed her a ‘transgender non conforming student support plan’ that the school had filled out with her daughter.

‘This was a six page document that she completed with the vice principal the guidance council, and a social worker I had never met.’

Vernadette Broyles is representing the Littlejohns

‘They asked her questions that would have absolutely impacted her safety, such as which bathroom she preferred to use, and which sex she preferred to room with on overnight field trips,’ Littlejohn said on Fox & Friends First in May. 

The document also asked for the student’s preference on preferred names, pronouns, sports teams and locker rooms, and whether or not they wanted their parents to be informed about their transition.

‘The plan also stated to use her birth name when speaking to us in effect to deceive us of the social transition that had occurred,’ Littlejohn said.   

Littlejohn and her husband sued the school for violating their parental rights at the end of 2021. The school filed a motion for dismissal, and the Littlejohns and their attorney, Vernadette Broyles, are waiting on the results of their opposition to that filing. 

Broyles told Fox & Friends First that the Littlejohns are only one set of many parents across the country who are experiencing the same kind of behavior surrounding gender from their children’s schools.

The Littlejohns say that principal of the Deerlake Middle school, Steven Mills, center, told them the school had the right to legally bar them from discussions about their daughter’s transition

‘What’s most important is that parents around the country are beginning to discover almost exactly the same kind of guidance in their own school districts. We’ve filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts, there are lawsuits in Wisconsin, Maryland, Oregon, California,’ Broyles said on Fox & Friends First.   

‘This is a national agenda, and parents need to recognize they have the right to direct the upbringing, education, care, medical decisions, mental health decisions of their child, and they need to assert that right with their school,’ Broyles said. 

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