Teacher Who Refuses to Lie to Parents About Kids’ Gender Identities Wins Major Victory


A California teacher suing to stop a policy purportedly requiring educators to lie to parents about their children’s gender identities is speaking out after scoring a legal victory. Lori Ann West, a physical education teacher at the Escondido Union School District, and fellow educator Elizabeth Mirabelli won a preliminary injunction on September 14 prohibiting the enforcement of the policy while the case plays out in court.

West, a veteran teacher who has taught in the district since 1994, told CBN Digital problems first began in February 2022 when she and other teachers reportedly underwent training encouraging them to “exclude parents.” “Both Elizabeth and I were really taken aback,” she said. “We thought, ‘How can this possibly be? No one’s a bigger champion of children than their parents, and we don’t want to take the role of parents.'”

West said she and Mirabelli believe it’s important to partner with parents, as moms and dads have the right and responsibility to raise their children “as they see fit.” She soon found herself in the crosshairs for “misgendering” a student and began to worry she would soon face a more diabolical form of “discipline.”

“And then hearing another teacher who had been formally disciplined, I was like, ‘Well, I’m on the path to losing my job if I don’t follow this policy and I don’t agree with this policy,'” West said. “So, it kind of puts you in a bad position. I don’t want to lose my job. I love my job. I love my students. I want to be there and it was kind of ‘choose your faith or choose your job’ — and that’s a terrible position to be put in.”

She and Mirabelli decided to fight the policy, embarking on a journey that has attracted national attention. The injunction, the latest twist in the case, is significant, according to Paul Jonna, special counsel at the Thomas More Society. Here’s the story — and what happens next.

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