Vishal P. Singh
California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced on Friday that his office is launching a civil rights investigation into the new and controversial Chino Valley Unified School District policy to notify bigoted parents about whether or not their children are transgender and/or non-binary, which he says is illegal and directly threatens the lives of LGBTQ+ students.
Chino Valley School District President Sonja Shaw worked with anti-LGBTQ+ extremists, Capitol insurrectionists, and Proud Boys to promote this policy— even throwing out the state superintendent during the vote (which passed 4-1). Shaw has openly allied herself with the anti-LGBTQ+ Leave Our Kids Alone movement— who openly call for LGBTQ+ youth to kill themselves and previously worked with Proud Boys members to instigate violent brawls at board meetings and elementary schools.
“Students should never fear going to school for simply being who they are,” said Attorney General Bonta. “Chino Valley Unified’s forced outing policy threatens the safety and well-being of LGBTQ+ students vulnerable to harassment and potential abuse from peers and family members unaccepting of their gender identity. Today’s announcement stresses our commitment to challenging school policies that target and seek to discriminate against California’s most vulnerable communities. California will not stand for violations of our students’ civil rights.”