A transgender teacher in New York allegedly manipulated a fifth-grade girl to adopt a male name and use male pronouns. This caused the child to have suicidal thoughts, according to a new lawsuit.
The Suffolk County Court lawsuit originated by the girl’s parents is against a fifth-grade teacher at Terryville Road Elementary School in Port Jefferson Station.
The teacher, Debra Rosenquist, allegedly “forced” the child to use a male name and pronouns. The parents didn’t learn of the social transition until months later when their daughter drew a picture that said, “I wanna kill myself.”
The family’s lawyer, Debra Wabnik, told the New York Post that Rosenquist “manipulated a pre-teen female into changing her gender identity when the child did not feel any inclination to do so.”
Rosenquist decided to call the 9-year-old “Leo” and had her use opposite-sex pronouns at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year. She did this for months before the parents were notified by the school principal in January 2022.
The student reportedly met with a school psychologist and told them she “was confused about her gender identity,” the court documents state.
The parents were concerned that the teacher had significantly deviated from the district’s curriculum and taught material on “gender identity” ideology to young students.
The lawsuit states that 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 suit alleged.
Rosenquist allegedly read “When Aidan Became a Brother,” which is a book about chemical and surgical child sex change procedures.
The parents are accusing the school of negligence in failing to properly monitor the classroom and train and supervise staff.
Rosenquist was reportedly removed from the classroom but is now teaching younger students.