A New York teacher has been accused of “manipulating” a 5th grader into becoming transgender and leading to “suicidal ideation,” according to a lawsuit filed against the school district. The parents claim this manipulation of their daughter occurred without their consent or knowledge.
Debra Rosenquist, the accused teacher, works at Terryville Elementary School in the Brookhaven-Comsewogue School District. The superintendent, Jennifer J. Quinn, and the principal Annemarie V. Sciove are also named in the lawsuit filed in late January. Fox News reported:
The suit claims the student, who was assigned female at birth and identifies as female, was targeted by her teacher, Rosenquist, throughout the 2021-2022 school year. The suit says that Rosenquist began to use a male name and pronouns for the student. The plaintiff student and parents’ anonymity were maintained in the lawsuit.
“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 claimed.
The attorney, Debra L. Wabnik, representing the parents, said, “Debra Rosenquist manipulated a pre-teen female into changing her gender identity when the child did not feel any inclination to do so. The parents did not learn about what Rosenquist was forcing upon their daughter until it was discovered that the child had suicidal ideations.” The Daily Mail reported:
The child, whose identity is being protected, then met with a district psychologist – and she told her she was confused about her gender identity. The new revelations shocked the child’s parents – who did welcome their pre-teen daughter exploring her identity – but believed she was being forced into doing so.
It was then that the parents believed something was not right – and decided to look into Rosenquist. They found that on a day when the school asked pupils and teachers to wear blue in support of two police officers who were recently shot and killed, the teacher instead wore a Black Lives Matter t-shirt. They also found that Rosenquist had allegedly been reported to the school district for physical abuse, but nothing was done about it because of her position as a tenured teacher.
Wabnik further told the Daily Mail, “Debra Rosenquist manipulated a pre-teen female into changing her gender identity when the child did not feel any inclination to do so. The parents did not learn about what Rosenquist was forcing upon their daughter until it was discovered that the child had suicidal ideations. The psychological and social damage Rosenquist caused this child and her family was immense. Incredibly, the District still has Rosenquist in the classroom where she can similarly harm other innocent children.”
Similar complaints have arisen around the country, where the New York Post reported last year that a California teacher had manipulated a girl to change her gender identity as well. However, some states are combating woke teachers in the classroom where Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has taken measures to provide more rights to parents in their children’s education.
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