Members of a California school board are reportedly receiving death threats and terrifying missives after enacting a parental notification policy.
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At least two members of Chino Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) are facing these menacing messages after deciding in a 4-1 vote on July 20 to adopt a policy notifying parents about changes to child welfare, including any attempts to identify as the opposite sex, The Christian Post reported.
The threats in response to this parental rights policy — which requires parents to be notified within three days of any child’s decision to identify as their non-biological gender — are becoming so concerning there’s an active investigation with at least one recent arrest.
School Board President Sonja Shaw, a wife and mom, said her address was released by one of the culprits, with other messages taking aim at personal safety. Police are exploring multiple threats, with ominous messages on social media, emails, and other channels creating concern.
“No justice, no peace, we know where you sleep,” one post read.
Shaw told The Christian Post voicemails have even been sent threatening her and another board member’s lives.
The scary ordeal unfolds as there’s been no shortage of controversy over the parental rights policy — an effort that has even attracted the attention of state education officials.
California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond appeared at a Chino Valley school board meeting last month to oppose the measure and was escorted out when he reportedly spoke over his allotted time.
“I come before you as a parent tonight but we can debate all of the laws and all of the policies and practices, I ask you to consider this — that nearly half of students who identify as being LGBTQ+ are considering suicide,” Thurmond said during his remarks. “The policy that you consider tonight not only may fall outside the of the laws that respect privacy and safety for our students but may put our students at risk because they may not be in homes where they can be safe.”
Shaw, though, pushed back, claiming Thurmond was “proposing things that pervert children” and declined to let him extend beyond his time.
“You’re not going to blackmail us,” she said. “You already sent us a blackmailing letter previously. You will not bully us here in Chino, please sit.”
Despite the pushback and chaos, Shaw told The Christian Post she’s relying on her Christian faith to navigate the chaos.
“People from all over the nation have called, emailed, and continue to write letters of support and saying this gave them hope,” she said. “A few years ago, when I joined this journey, God kept showing me hope [in] Jeremiah 29:11.”
California’s schools chief went before a conservative school board tonite to oppose their plan to notify district parents if their child is transgender.— Christopher Cadelago (@ccadelago) July 21, 2023
Tony Thurmond got heckled, admonished by a local official and then was escorted from the meeting. pic.twitter.com/fIIkDlFUqm
That verse reads, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord. ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”
Shaw said she has “drawn closer and closer to God” and is looking to Him for protection.
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