Afterward, the school announced a new policy mandating that teachers call students by their preferred names and pronouns and “not communicate this information to parents unless the student requests, according to the district-wide policy sent to teachers.
If not, teachers would be found guilty of committing a “discriminatory act” and were “subject to employee discipline,” the complaint said.
Represented by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), Ricard filed the lawsuit in March against school officials because the policies violated her religious beliefs and conscience as a Christian.
The U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas ruled in May that Ricard’s case would proceed based on her First Amendment religious exercise rights. The ruling paused the school’s policy preventing parents from knowing of their child’s gender transition and exempted Ricard from being forced to use students’ preferred pronouns.
“No school district should ever force teachers to…