Don't allow Attorney General Matt Platkin to take away your parental rights
On May 16, the Hanover Township School Board passed policy 8463 known as Parental Notice of Material Circumstances. It requires school staff to notify parents whenever their child’s mental health or social and emotional well-being is impacted. It lists over 39 possible issues that parents need to be informed about.
Immediately, on May 17, Attorney General Matt Platkin filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Hanover Township Board of Education because of this new approved policy. In his view, parents have the right to be informed of the majority of the 39 issues listed in the policy except when it comes to gender identity/expression and sexual orientation. On those issues, parents must be kept in the dark.
According to Attorney General Matt Platkin, schools should continue to keep a secret shadow medical file on students by withholding such information from parents.
On May 19, Governor Murphy put out a statement on Twitter that telling parents the gender identity of their children is wrong! Who says that?
Yesterday, May 24, the NJEA has publicly come out in support of Attorney General Matt Platkin and Governor Murphy’s relentless assault of parental rights. “NJEA is extremely concerned about the harmful effect of this policy on Hanover students, and we support the New Jersey attorney general’s decision to challenge it in court.” President Sean M. Spiller, Vice President Steve Beatty and Secretary-Treasurer Petal Robertson
Thankfully, Senator Joe Pennacchio (R), Senator Ed Durr (R), and Assemblyman Jay Webber (R) have all been outspoken in their support of the Hanover Township Board of Education.
The Superior Court of NJ will hear this civil rights case on May 30. The decision will affect every school district in New Jersey. Therefore, we need every state legislator to stand up for the rights of parents to be informed about all the circumstances that might impact their child’s mental and emotional health.