Sixteen state attorneys general petition SCOTUS to safeguard parental rights

July 09, 2024

Attorney General of Virginia Jason Miyares spearheaded a “friend of the court” brief legally referred to as amici curiae. Fifteen other attorneys general joined Miyares to petition the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to weigh in on Parents Protecting Our Children v. Eau Claire Area School District. 

The lawsuit results from Eau Claire’s administrative guidance requiring staff to respect the “gender identity” of students irrespective of parental consent. The guidance “blocks parents from learning more about certain aspects of their children’s conduct in school.” 

Yet, the lower court undermined parental rights by unconscionably siding with the school district. Parental rights are deeply rooted in the history and tradition of the United States. Therefore, the rights of parents warrant the highest of safeguards that the constitution affords all fundamental rights. 

If SCOTUS grants petition, the conservative majority could decisively protect the interest all parents have in the care, custody, and control of their children. 

“The parent-child relationship is directly harmed when a school district tells ‘minor students that secrets from their parents—including an entire double life at school— are not only acceptable but will be facilitated by the District.’”

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