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Lawsuit claims NY teacher ‘forced’ fifth-grade student to change her name and pronouns

A transgender teacher in New York allegedly misled a fifth-grade girl into adopting a male name and pronouns, which prompted the youngster to have suicidal thoughts, according to a new complaint.

According to a lawsuit in Suffolk County Court introduced by the girl’s parents, Debra Rosenquist, a fifth-grade teacher at Terryville Road Elementary School in Port Jefferson Station, allegedly “forced” a girl to use a male name and pronouns. The parents discovered the issue months later when their daughter made a drawing that read, “I wanna kill myself.”

In the words of the family’s lawyer, Debra Wabnik, Rosenquist “manipulated a pre-teen female into changing her gender identity when the child did not feel any inclination to do so.”  The New York Post reported.

The lawsuit also states that Rosenquist began referring to the 9-year-old as “Leo” and started using opposite-sex pronouns at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year. Then continued to do so for months until the parents were informed by the school principal in January 2022. According to court filings, the youngster consulted with a school psychologist and expressed confusion about her gender identification.

The parents were supportive of the name change if asked by their kid, but they were skeptical that their daughter wanted to identify as a guy. They are worried because the instructor veered greatly from the district’s curriculum and promoted “gender identity” ideology to young kids.

Rosenquist “pursued her own agenda outside the curriculum, which included persuading her 5th-grade students to try ‘being gay’ or being another gender even when they were not.” (…) “To further her agenda, Rosenquist read and provided her students graphic books about gender and sexuality which were not on the curriculum,” the lawsuit alleged.

As per the child’s parents statement, Rosenquist had supposedly been reported for abuse, but nothing had been done due to the teacher’s position as a tenured instructor.

Rosenquist reportedly maintained an LGBT-themed book called “I am Neither” in the classroom. Rosenquist is also accused of reading “When Aidan Became a Brother,” a book concerning chemical and surgical child sex change surgeries, despite the fact that it was not part of the approved curriculum. During an examination, it was determined that at least one of the non-curricular books was in Rosenquist’s classroom.

The parents, the lawsuit states, met with the school’s principal, superintendent, and assistant superintendent in February 2022. The officials recognized that the situation had not been handled correctly and that they were unaware of Rosenquist’s usage of off-campus materials.

They accuse the school of being negligent in neglecting to adequately monitor the classroom as well as train and oversee workers. According to the lawsuit, the youngster was moved to a different classroom but is now being tormented and shunned by her peers.

After having to pay for lawyers’ expenses and psychiatric care for their daughter, the family is suing for undisclosed damages, saying that the incident has caused the youngster to suffer from shame, anxiety, emotional suffering, and trauma.

The family’s lawyer claims that their daughter continues to identify as female.

Comsewogue School District Superintendent Jennifer Quinn  issued a statement to Fox News, saying, “After a thorough investigation and consultation with our attorney, action is [being] taken in accordance with applicable laws and collective bargaining agreements. Please be assured that this has been done.”

The report from Fox News also said that Quinn stated she was constrained in her ability to give more information due to the case being a matter of current litigation.