A non-profit litigation organization threatened to sue teachers and staff if the Mount Horeb Primary Center proceeded with a scheduled reading of the book

By Ana Calderone
Updated November 30, 2015 03:15 PM
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A Wisconsin elementary school cancelled a reading of transgender teen Jazz Jenning‘s book I Am Jazz after being threatened with a federal lawsuit.

The principal, school psychologist and school counselor at Mount Horeb Primary Center sent a letter to parents on Nov. 19 informing them of the reading, saying it was intended to “support gender-variant students and their families.”

The letter indicated that a transgender child attends the school: “We have been working with the family of a student on your child’s floor who identifies as a girl, but has a male anatomy.”

The explanation continues: “We believe all students deserve respect and support regardless of their gender identity and expression, and the best way to foster that respect and support is through educating students about the issue of being transgender,” reads the letter.

But before the reading could take place, on behalf of “concerned parents,” a “non-profit litigation, education and policy organization” called Liberty Counsel requested that it be cancelled.

The response letter noted the school had failed to give adequate notice of the reading and expressed some parents’ concerns about their children participating in the discussion.

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Listed as possible harms if the reading took place: “necessitating many parents teaching their children about a psychological and moral disorder about which they believe their children are too young to learn, making other children uncomfortable, and confusing many children.”

The group also referred to the book about Jennings real-life experiences as a transgender child as “false and misleading.”

According to the Capital Times, the school district announced their decision to cancel the reading after receiving the letter that threatened to sue teachers and staff for violating parental rights.

Jennings, 15, responded on Facebook by posting news of the cancellation with a one-word caption, “Meanies.”