School cancels book reading about transgender child after lawsuit threat

School Nixes Reading About Trans Teen After Hate Group Threatens Lawsuit
School Nixes Reading About Trans Teen After Hate Group Threatens Lawsuit

Students at Mount Horeb Primary Center in Wisconsin were scheduled to read and discuss "I Am Jazz" recently, a children's book about a transgender girl.

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"A letter was sent out to parents notifying them of the scheduled reading on Nov. 19th," according to The Capital Times. "The note, signed by the principal, school psychologist and a counselor, said that the school was working with a student that identifies as a girl but has male anatomy."

%shareLinks-quote="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." type="quote" author="Mount Horeb Primary School note" authordesc="Via The Capital Times" isquoteoftheday="false"%

Some parents were concerned with the school's upcoming book reading and proceeded to contact the Liberty Counsel, a Florida-based legal organization.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Liberty Counsel is classified as a hate group that advocates for "anti-LGBT discrimination, under the guise of religious liberty."

The Liberty Counsel threatened to sue the school, and the book reading was canceled. The school district released the following statement:

%shareLinks-quote="[We have] chosen not to proceed as originally planned and allow the Board of Education the opportunity to review the needs of all involved, and address a situation for which the District has no current policy." type="quote" author="Mount Horeb Area School District" authordesc="Via The Capital Times" isquoteoftheday="false"%

The book in question is about transgender teen, Jazz Jennings. See photos of the inspiring teen here:

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