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Greek-American Files Unprecedented Lawsuit against School Treating Her Daughter as a Boy

NEW YORK – In an unprecedented lawsuit with broader social and ideological implications, a Greek-American family entered into a legal battle against the school their 12-year-old daughter Jane attended in Upstate New York. Specifically, as reported by the online edition of the Daily Signal, Jennifer Vitsaxaki turned against the Skaneateles Central School District and its Board of Education, accusing them of violating her constitutional rights as a parent.

The site reports that, “a New York school district socially transitioned a girl without her mother’s consent, repeatedly lying to the mother about the child’s mental health and social struggles, according to a new lawsuit.”

According to the Daily Signal’s report, the plaintiff’s complaint was filed in collaboration with the organization Alliance Defending Freedom. It states that Jennifer Vitsaxaki discerned the psychological impact of this behavior on her daughter, who reportedly did not want to go to school, adding that the Skaneateles authorities not only attempted this “social transformation” without her consent but also tried to cover it up, even working through the school’s psychologist.

Worse than that, the complaint said, the district began treating Jane as though she were a boy – ”just as it had done with several other girls in her grade.”

Jennifer and Michael Vitsaxakis, despite having American citizenship, lived in Greece for several years before moving to the United States due to the economic crisis. Consequently, their daughter, Jane Vitsaxaki, had to adapt to a different daily routine and social life, facing the challenge of leaving the use of Greek behind and integrating into a community where English became her primary language. Furthermore, other peculiarities of the family’s daily life were highlighted, such as Michael Vitsaxakis’ frequently being abroad for professional reasons. According to the lawsuit, the school counselor advised the school staff to treat Mrs. Vitsaxaki’s daughter as a boy, calling her by a boy’s name and using third-person plural pronouns as part of a psychosocial intervention often referred to as ‘social transition’.

“Then, a school psychologist, who told school staff to keep their actions secret from Mrs. Vitsaxaki, began meeting with Jane regularly without Mrs. Vitsaxaki’s knowledge,” the Daily Signal noted, adding that, “school staff carefully used Jane’s given name and female pronouns when speaking with Mrs. Vitsaxaki, and they repeatedly said everything was fine, all the while treating Jane as a boy and sending her resources for medical transition behind Mrs. Vitsaxaki’s back,” her lawsuit says.

The article, which contains a copy of the complaint and which can be seen through the link below, reports that Jennifer Vitsaxaki withdrew her daughter from school, with the confrontation continuing in the courts.

(Material from the Daily Signal was used in this report)

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