Three middle school students in Wisconsin are being investigated for sexual harassment after they allegedly referred to classmates by their wrong pronouns.
The Kiel Area School District in Kiel, Wisconsin, between Green Bay and Milwaukee, has filed a Title IX complaint against three Kiel Middle School eighth graders.
Rosemary Rabidoux, mother of one of the accused, disputes the complaint made against her 13-year-old son.
“I received a phone call from the principal over at the elementary school, forewarning me, letting me know that I was going to be receiving an email with sexual harassment allegations against my son,” Rabidoux told Fox 17 News in Wisconsin.
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“I immediately went into shock. I’m thinking, ‘Sexual harassment? That’s rape, that’s inappropriate touching, that’s incest.’ What has my son done?”
Rabidoux added: “[The investigating principal] said he’s being allegedly charged with sexual harassment for not using proper pronouns. … I thought it wasn’t real. I thought this has got to be a gag, a joke — one has nothing to do with the other.”
According to the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL), the group defending the accused students, a peer at Kiel Middle School announced in March they wanted to be addressed by the “they/them” pronoun combination.
Roughly a month later, Rabidoux’s son — “Son A” — had an encounter with the person requesting the “they/them” pronoun, she said.
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Another student “had been screaming at one of [Son A’s] friends to use proper pronouns, calling him profanity, and this friend is very soft-spoken, and kind of just sunk down into his chair,” Rabidoux told Fox 17 while recalling her son’s recollection of events.
“[Son A] finally came up, defending him, saying, ‘He doesn’t have to use proper pronouns, it’s his constitutional right to not use; you can’t make him say things.'”
After recalling that exchange, Rabidoux said that her son wasn’t attacking the anti-LGBTQ+ community.
“Not at all. Not at all,” Rabidoux said. “My children have been raised to love everybody equally.” Continue reading at Newsmax.