The claim alleges that the teachers kept their LGBTQ+ activism secret, encouraged children to lie to their parents, and inflicted emotional distress


(LifeSiteNews) — A California mother is taking legal action after teachers and school officials allegedly engaged in “predatory” and “grooming” behavior to indoctrinate her seventh grade daughter into identifying as transgender.

The Center for American Liberty headed by Harmeet K. Dhillon filed a lawsuit last week on behalf of the mother, Jessica Konen, contending that teachers Lori Caldiera and Kelly Bakari along with the Spreckels Union School District in Monterey County violated Konen’s rights under California law when they secretly invited Konen’s daughter to an “equality club” where they coached her to take on a different gender identity.

The claim alleges that the school district and teachers kept club participation secret, encouraged children to lie to their families, and inflicted emotional distress upon Konen and her daughter.

“My family’s already gone through so much and nobody else needs to go through this,” Konen told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham during an interview, adding that “you wouldn’t expect a teacher to be predatorial towards a child.”

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“They stepped out of their line. In seventh grade you find out that there’s secrets, there’s lies. Their tactics are disgusting,” she continued. “I feel, as a mom, disturbed by this because it is my right to parent [my daughter] and they took that right away from me.”

According to the lawsuit, Caldiera and Bakari, who operate the “Buena Vista Equality Club” at the school, engaged in “predatory” behavior as they recruited children, including Konen’s daughter, whom they “had identified as potential LGBT+ students” based on comments made by or about the students as well as “their own observations.”

The teachers then allegedly instructed their recruits about “LGBT+ identities, such as homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism, gender non-conformity, etc.,” urging students to take on different gender identities.

“Ms. Caldiera and Ms. Baraki would instruct students to research a particular topic and then have follow up discussions with the student about that research,” the lawsuit continued, asserting that occasionally the teachers “would introduce and push LGBT+ identities on students that the students resisted.”

Knowing that some parents would not want their children to participate in such a group or begin experimenting with divergent sexual identities, Caldiera and Baraki also reportedly told children not to tell their parents about the club or “their new LGBT+ identities and expression.”

According to the lawsuit the teachers also didn’t keep records or rosters of club attendance “so that parents could not discover their children’s participation in the club or new LGBT+ identities,” and held meetings during lunch rather than after school “so that students, who were too young to drive, could better hide their participation.”