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CVUSD ‘Transitioning’ Kids’ Genders in Secret; School Leaders Hide Facts From Parents; Teachers Face Inquisition, Gag Orders

Multiple sources within the Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) have come forward to describe how district leaders, including superintendent Mark McLaughlin and board member Lauren Gill, are forcing teachers and staff to hide critical information about young students’ life-altering choices from parents, including the so-called “transition” from one gender to another.

By cutting parents off from their children, these leaders have made CVUSD one of the most radical school systems in the U.S. — inviting predatory behavior from unknown adults, lawsuits from parents and lawsuits from teachers who are forced to hide information about young children or lose their jobs.

After the Guardian reported that CVUSD leaders were secretly allowing a 6th-grade girl at a middle school in Newbury Park to sleep in a boys’ cabin at Outdoor School, presumably with a teenage male counselor, the district responded not by apologizing to parents but by pursuing legal action against teachers, staff and the Guardian.

“Where is the district’s common sense in this situation?” asked Joelle Mancuso, a prominent local education advocate and businesswoman. “A biological female child sleeping in a shared space with biological male children is a recipe for disaster for all involved.”

She added that a district that is “willing to threaten the job of a teacher trying to keep children safe and parents informed is embarrassing for our community. Thank God we have educators who have the courage to know when the risk to children outweighs the gag order from the district.”

Numerous sources say Mclaughlin and the CVUSD board forced teachers to undergo questioning by a principal, the union president and the head of human resources. The district, these people say, is demanding teachers and staff sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) so parents don’t discover information about their own children that the district wants to keep secret.

The Guardian continues to invite the district’s full comment, explanation and apology for hiding information from parents about the children in its care.

So far, the district’s aggressive reaction has sent some teachers scrambling for legal representation as they resist the agenda to subvert parents’ rights and make school administrators the ultimate authority over children’s choices and behavior.

Ironically, the district is accusing teachers and staff of endangering children if they inform a child’s parents of that child’s purported desire to change his or her “gender identity.”

To date, CVUSD leaders have not answered the following:

1. What information about students is the school district allowed to hide from parents? What is the legal basis for this?

2. If CVUSD can allow a 6th-grade girl to change her “gender identity” and force all staff/teachers to keep this fact from the girls’ parents, what else can the district allow a child to do — and hide from children’s parents?

3. If a child of 11 or 12 is mature enough to change his or her “gender identity” — a totally novel and unproven historical concept — without input or guidance from parents, what other life-altering decisions and activities may a child consent to involving adults in an atmosphere of secrecy?

CVUSD’s actions come as left-leaning states try aggressively to push the sexualization of children at younger ages. For example, the state of Washington passed a bill in April that allows state agencies to hide children from their parents when the child supposedly desires medical procedures — including genital disfigurement and chemical castration — to “transition” to another gender. All Democrats voted for the bill, and all Republicans voted against it, with one leader calling it “a fundamental violation of parental rights.”

Democrat state representative Julio Cortes said, “Supporting trans youth is a collective effort, Mr. Speaker, and while families play a critical role, they are not the only support system that these youth need.”

Globally, the United Nations in March issued a report calling for the decriminalization of sex with minors based on “adolescents’ evolving capacity to consent [to sex] in certain contexts, in fact, even if not in law, when they are below the prescribed minimum age of consent in domestic Law.”

The shocking report, whose first sentence declares that the leading author is “a proudly gay man,” reads, “Moreover, sexual conduct involving persons below the domestically prescribed minimum age of consent to sex may be consensual in fact, if not in law.”

“In this context, the enforcement of criminal law should reflect the rights and capacity of persons under 18 years of age to make decisions about engaging in consensual sexual conduct and their right to be heard in matters concerning them,” the U.N. report continued. “Pursuant to their evolving capacities and progressive autonomy, persons under 18 years of age should participate in decisions affecting them, with due regard to their age, maturity and best interests, and with specific attention to non-discrimination guarantees.”

(See “The March 8 Principles for a Human Rights-Based Approach to Criminal Law Proscribing Conduct Associated with Sex, Reproduction, Drug Use, HIV, Homelessness and Poverty,” written by the International Commission of Jurists for the U.N.)

“The United Nations is now declaring that pedophilia is a human right and this so-called human right should not be criminalized or prosecuted,” longtime children’s advocate Elizabeth Yore shared on her website.

Yore is an international child advocate attorney who served as special counsel to Oprah Winfrey as her child advocate, both at Harpo, Inc., and at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, and previously held the position of general counsel at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, where she created the first missing children unit for runway wards and collaborated with federal law enforcement on human trafficking prosecutions.

“They [the United Nations] are clearly saying that minors can consent to sex with an adult,” Yore continued. “This is what the global elite have always wanted: to legitimize pedophilia. I’ve never seen a report like this.”

Yore says predators “are softening the target” by grooming kids and teachers in schools to make pedophilia a human right.

Other states are protecting parental rights. Florida recently banned lessons on so-called “gender identity and sexual orientation” in all public school grades.

“The move marks a huge expansion of The Parental Rights in Education law … which was signed last year by the governor,” wrote the Daily Mail.

“It is wrong for a teacher to tell a student that they may have been born in the wrong body or that their gender is a choice,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said in his remarks.

But in Thousand Oaks, the CVUSD “is showcasing a deranged model that will spell disaster for not only our kids but our community as well,” says Mancuso. “Research has proven that by taking parents out of the solution, long-term healing will be nearly impossible.”

In Northern California, a school district used its so-called “parental secrecy” policy to “transition” one woman’s 11-year-old daughter to a male identity – even though the girl wanted the counselor to inform her mom, reported the New York Post in April.

Aurora Regino, whose daughter was enrolled in the Chico Unified School District, said the girl had sought help from a “mental wellness” counselor after her father died and as her mom was battling cancer. That meeting led to a questioning of her “gender identity,” about which the school refused to inform Regino.

“This policy that they have in place to keep these situations a secret from the family is incredibly damaging. It was extremely damaging in my case with my daughter,” who now identifies as female again, Regino told “Fox & Friends First.”

The school district is being sued by the Center for American Liberty. The Center’s CEO, Harmeet Dhillon, said that “the Chico Unified School Board’s decision to keep the parental secrecy policy in place is a slap in the face to every parent whose child is under their care. It makes a mockery of fundamental, constitutionally protected parental rights and puts every child’s safety at risk. If the Board won’t rescind this unconstitutional policy, our lawsuit will prompt the court to do it for them.”

As Mancuso puts it, “Success in education requires a triangle of trust between parent, child, and teacher. If the district is going to deceive parents and threaten the jobs of teachers who see through this delusional ‘secrecy’ practice, they will be consciously dismantling the structure that our children so desperately need to be healthy.”

Joel Kilpatrick
Joel Kilpatrick
Joel Kilpatrick is a writer and journalist.


  1. All my now adult kids were in the CVUSD. This article discusses me at tge max. What the hell us happening to this world. They let kids disfigure their bodies but don’t want adults to buy a. Gun. Good lord. Kids don’t know what they want for lunch. If adults want to mutilated their body go for it. Leave the kids alone.

  2. Right on Debbie. This is cultural and nuclear family genocide. McLaughlin and Gill should be arrested for endangering the safety of a child.

    Selling perversion to a child and shutting out parents is the worst thing ever.


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