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Skaneateles schools move to dismiss lawsuit over gender identity policy

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The Skaneateles Central School District has requested the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the parent of a former student, asserting that the district’s gender identity policy aligns with state guidelines.

The lawsuit was originally reported by The Citizen and initiated by Alliance Defending Freedom on behalf of Jennifer Vitsaxaki.

It claims the district facilitated a “social transition” for her child by using chosen names and pronouns without parental consent.


The district’s motion to dismiss, arguing for the protection of transgender and gender-nonconforming students’ rights, reflects New York’s commitment to inclusivity and privacy under existing laws.

In response to the lawsuit, which alleges violation of religious beliefs and parental rights, the district highlighted its obligation to uphold the dignity and safety of all students, as mandated by state and federal law.

Citing guidance from the New York State Education Department, the district emphasized the importance of supporting students in expressing their gender identity safely, even when disclosure to parents is not possible or safe. The legal battle underscores the tension between individual rights and parental authority in educational settings.