Mom sues school, claiming teachers manipulated her daughter to “bind her breasts”, change gender identity

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SAN DIEGO, CA- According to reports, a California mother has filed a legal claim against the Spreckels Union School District (SUSD), alleging that teachers pressured her 11-year-old daughter “into believing she was a transgender boy and gave tips on how to bind her breasts.”

The mother, Jessica Konen, has taken action against SUSD stating that two teachers, Lori Caldeira and Kelly Baraki, both from the Buena Vista Middle School, suggested that her daughter was bisexual.

Konen also claimed that, without her knowledge, school officials created a “gender support plan” for her daughter, who is in sixth grade. 

Harmeet Dhillon, founder and CEO of the Center for American Liberty, filed the case on behalf of Konen. Dhillon told the Daily Mail:

“Parents are supposed to have access to all the educational records of their children. The concept that the schools have a right to be running secret, don’t-tell-you-parents clubs and don’t-tell-your-parents programs and actively coaching children on how to mutilate themselves, which is you know, not growing your breasts, is certainly not consistent with California law.”

Konen claimed that two years ago, the two teachers indoctrinated her daughter into identifying as “trans fluid” after encouraging her to join the school’s LGBTQ group, called the “Equality Club.” 

Konen reportedly told the Epoch Times that towards the end of her daughter’s sixth-grade year, she informed her that she might be bisexual, and later on, in December 2019, when her child was in seventh-grade, Konen said she was called to the school for a meeting with her daughter, a teacher, and the school principal. 

It was during that meeting that the teacher allegedly told Konen that her daughter was “trans fluid.”

Additionally, Konen said that the teacher accused her of not being “emotionally supportive” of her daughter’s new gender identity and criticized her for not using her daughter’s new name and pronouns. 

The teacher also reportedly stated that Konen’s daughter would not be using the unisex bathroom at the school. At the time, Konen said:

“I felt she completely coached my child. It made me feel very, very small as a parent. I was unaware of anything. Not one time had she mentioned to me, ‘Oh, I think that I want to change my name,’ or ‘I’m transgender or anything.’ Nothing. I only heard bisexual one time and that was it.”

Mom sues school, claiming teachers manipulated her daughter to "bind her breasts", change gender identity

Konen reported that, within several days of that meeting, the King City Police Department visited her home to inform her a Child Protective Services (CPS) complaint had been filed against her. Police reportedly questioned both of Konen’s children, asking if they wished to be removed from the home. 

Konen said that eventually, CPS dropped the case. However, after additional meetings with teachers, the mother discovered that her daughter had also searched online for information regarding suicide, another surprising revelation she had heard nothing about from school administrators. 

Konen reported that once schools closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic, her daughter returned to identifying as a girl. Konen also removed her daughter, now 14-years-old, from that school and enrolled her elsewhere.

She reported that her daughter is now using her birth name and female pronouns. 

Fox News reported that Superintendent Eric Tarallo said that the teachers were placed on administrative leave while an independent investigation was underway. He said in a statement: 

“Privacy laws prohibit the district from any further communication on the investigation as it relates to personnel matters. The claim submitted by Ms. Konen will be addressed in the appropriate manner within the judicial system. We are currently reviewing and updating our policies and procedures regarding student clubs and will bring those draft policies to the Board of Education as soon as feasible.”

Caldeira and Baraki previously received attention when Caldeira said she “totally stalked” students’ online activity in order to find potential members for their club called “You be You,” which was the new name of the “Equality Club.” She reportedly said:

“When we were doing our virtual learning, we totally stalked what they were doing on Google when they weren’t doing school work … One of them was Googling ‘Trans Day of Visibility’ and we were like, ‘Check, we’re going to invite that kid when we get back on campus.'”

She defended herself saying that social media was already starting a conversation about gender and sexuality. She said:

“Their parents think we start that conversation, but we don’t. TikTok starts it, Snapchat starts it, Instagram starts it or their classmates start it and then we just try to answer the questions as honestly and fairly as we can.”

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Report: Sister of federal security officer who was killed by extremist files wrongful death lawsuit against Facebook

January 8th, 2022

OAKLAND, CA- On Thursday, January 6th, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed against Facebook on behalf of the sister of a federal officer who was shot and killed by an alleged member of an extremist group in Oakland during protests after the death of George Floyd.

Federal law enforcement officials allege that Dave Patrick Underwood, a Department of Homeland Security officer, was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting by Steven Carrillo in May 2020 while Underwood was standing watch outside the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building in Oakland, California. 

Underwood’s sister, Angela Underwood Jacobs has now filed a wrongful death suit against Facebook, now known as Meta, claiming that the social media company radicalized the alleged shooter.

The suspect, Carrillo, allegedly met his accomplice, Millbrae resident Robert Alvin Justus Junior, on a Facebook group. 

The suit alleges that Facebook kept Carrillo engaged on the platform by using its algorithm to feed into his echo chamber with inflammatory content and spoon-fed him information on extremist groups, a move that critics say keeps users engaged and in turn drives-up ad sales. 

Mom sues school, claiming teachers manipulated her daughter to "bind her breasts", change gender identity

Jacob’s attorney, Theodore J. Leopold of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, said in a statement:

“Facebook is much more than just a landing spot, a bulletin board if you will, or just a platform. These two gentlemen in particular would not have garnered that relationship but for Facebook’s inferred judgments that they have used to bring these people together.”

According to Facebook messages obtained by federal prosecutors, Carrillo met Justus Jr., the driver of the vehicle from which he is alleged to have opened fire on Underwood, through Facebook groups for the Boogaloo movement, which first gained traction in early 2000 and espoused extreme anti-government views.

Jacobs filed the lawsuit alleging “extreme pain and suffering endured by Dave Patrick Underwood from the time of the shooting until the time of his death” and for “his wrongful death.” She said in a statement:

“Facebook bears responsibility for the murder of my brother. As the lawsuit alleges, Facebook knowingly promoted inflammatory and violent content and connected extremists who plotted and carried out the killing of my brother.”

She added:

“Facebook must be held responsible for the harm it has caused not just my family, but so many others, by promoting extremist content and building extremist groups on its platform.”

Leopold said in a statement:

“We believe and intend to show that Facebook’s conduct has led to a rise in extremism throughout the world and acts of real-world violence, including the murder of Officer Underwood. It is time that Facebook is finally held accountable for its actions.”

Meta says that the legal claim is baseless. Meta spokesman Kevin McAlister said in a statement:

“We’ve banned more than 1,000 militarized social movements from our platform and work closely with experts to address the broader issue of internet radicalization. These claims are without legal basis.”

Jacobs’ attorneys allege that Carrillo and Justus Jr. identify as part of the Boogaloo movement, which aims to “incite a violent uprising against perceived government tyranny.”

The attorneys allege that the shooting was not a random act, rather that the two men allegedly hatched and planned it on Facebook. 

The lawsuit, filed by the law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll on behalf of Jacobs, is asking for $25,000 in damages.

Social media companies have historically leaned heavily on Section 230 of the U.S. Communications Decency Act, which largely provides immunity for social media services like Facebook from legal liability for content posted to their platforms. 

Leopold said that the focus of the lawsuit, however, is not about hosting content, but instead about Facebook’s boosting of the groups and infrastructure that brought Carrillo and Justus Jr. together and to the Boogaloo movement. He said in a statement:

“For lack of a better word, I think we have broken the code of what Facebook has done. They are an active participant, using algorithms, behind the curtain, to bring these types of individuals together. That brings them well outside of the realm of 230 protection.”

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Man who violently fought with cops while high on meth announces ‘excessive force’ lawsuit against officers

December 20th, 2021

MEDFORD, OR –  A man plans to file suit against the Medford Police Department.

This, after video of his arrest for trespassing while high on methamphetamines was released showing him struggling with officers in what his attorney called “excessive force.”

The suspect, Noel Palomera-Vasquez, was arrested at the Circle K located on the corner of Barnett road just after midnight on January 25th. The City of Medford said Vasquez failed to comply with officers as they attempted to take him into custody.

Police were called to the Circle K for a report that Vasquez was standing behind the counter and refusing to leave, according to the arrest affidavit. Officer Dylan Spencer arrived and instructed the man to exit the store, to which Vasquez complied.

Once outside, Officer Spencer instructed the man to stand in front of his patrol car. Vasquez refused to comply despite multiple requests by the officer. When the officer attempted to physically escort the man to the patrol car, Vasquez began struggling with the officer.

Officer Spencer forced Vasquez to the ground in an attempt to place him in custody, according to the probable cause affidavit. The officer wrote:

“(Vasquez) began to tense his arms up and refused to place them behind his back. Multiple Medford officers responded to the scene. A fight ensued and (Vasquez) was struck multiple times. (Vasquez) was instructed several times to place his hands behind his back.

“(Vasquez) continued to fight and place his hands under his body. (Vasquez) eventually gave up enough that we could place him in handcuffs. (Vasquez) was hobbled and placed in the back of my patrol vehicle. (Vasquez) continued to fight in the back of my patrol vehicle until we were able to secure the hobble and close the door.”

Mom sues school, claiming teachers manipulated her daughter to "bind her breasts", change gender identity

During the struggle, Officer Spencer suffered a cut to his lip.

Dash camera and a bystander video show the encounter and appear to support the officer’s version of events. However, Vasquez’s attorneys, Matthew Rowan and Christine Herbert disagree, stating that the video “speaks for itself.”

Rowan said they are drafting a tort claim letter to formally advise the City of their intent to enter into litigation. The attorneys claim Vasquez suffered head and back injuries and broken ribs during the encounter.

 

Medford Police said the force was justified and necessary to control the suspect. They point out that once the suspect was restrained and in custody, officers had him evaluated by medical personnel.

“After the suspect was successfully restrained, at the request of Medford Police Department, he was immediately checked by independent medical personnel…

“The suspect received some abrasions during the exchange and was taken to the hospital for evaluation before being booked at the Jackson County Jail. A Medford Police Department officer was also injured in the exchange.”

Medford police issued a statement stating proper police procedure was followed:

“The 6’0 and 265-pound suspect disclosed to law enforcement that he was on methamphetamine. The suspect moved outside of the store when law enforcement arrived but refused to comply with additional law enforcement commands.

“The individual was physically resistive when officers attempted to take him into custody, resulting in an exchange on the ground. During the exchange, focused blows and a Taser were utilized in order to obtain control of the suspect.”

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 TIGARD, OR – A former Tigard Police officer that was under investigation for a fatal officer-involved shooting from back in January will not be facing charges in connection with the incident, after a grand jury declined to indict the former officer earlier in September.

On January 6th, former Tigard Police Officer Gabriel Maldonado had been among those to respond to a reported domestic disturbance at Southwest Hall Boulevard and Bonita Road.

Upon arrival at the scene, officers encountered 26-year-old Jacob Macduff, who was locked inside of his truck and armed with a knife.

After responding officers tried to talk Macduff out of his vehicle, a decision was made to forcibly remove Macduff from the vehicle. A struggle reportedly ensued, and Officer Maldonado opened fire on Macduff during the struggle, as the now-deceased suspect had apparently refused to drop the knife he was armed with at the time.

Macduff’s mother, Maria, proclaimed that in the days leading up to the fatal incident that her son was experiencing issues akin to bipolar disorder and that he was allegedly evolving “into an acute psychotic state.”

Following the shooting, Officer Maldonado was placed on administrative leave while an investigation was conducted. Prior to the fatal shooting, Officer Maldonado was also in the midst of being onboarded to the Port of Portland Police.

However, the onboarding process for Port of Portland Police was placed on hold, as the police department wanted the investigation into the shooting to be cleared before hiring Officer Maldonado.

Yet, for reasons that are unclear, Officer Maldonado resumed duty with the Tigard Police Department in March and in that transition, the Port of Portland Police were erroneously informed that the investigation into the shooting was complete.

However, it was not.

Still, Officer Maldonado resigned from the Tigard Police Department on April 15th and started with the Port of Portland Police four days after that resignation.

Once Port of Portland Police realized that the investigation into the incident was still ongoing, Officer Maldonado was placed on leave from his new department and eventually fired.

Outside of the unusual circumstances regarding Officer Maldonado’s employment status at the time, the Washington County Major Crimes Team were leading the investigation into the shooting. Yet, on May 3rd, Washington County District Attorney Kevin Barton requested the Oregon attorney general’s office to take over the case.

Earlier in September, two assistant attorneys general presented the findings of the investigation to a Washington County grand jury. Come September 15th, the grand jury declined to indict the former officer for any criminal charges related to the fatal shooting of Macduff.

In a statement pertaining to the grand jury’s decision on the case, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum acknowledged that the shooting was “tragic” but also expressed satisfaction that the grand jury found “insufficient evidence” to charge the former police officer:

“This was a very tragic situation resulting in the death by a police officer of an allegedly mentally unwell person. However, I am satisfied with the Washington County grand jury’s conclusion that there is insufficient evidence to warrant criminal charges being brought against Officer Maldonado.”

An attorney representing Maria Macduff filed a tort claim notice against the city of Tigard back in April in order to afford the family’s ability to file suit against the city over the fatal shooting. As of this writing, no lawsuit has been filed regarding the matter.

The Tigard Police Department stated following the grand jury’s decision that they will conduct an internal review of the incident, utilizing a use of force board consisting of five people not directly involved in the January shooting.

It’s unclear what sort of ramifications could arise depending on the use of force board’s finding, as Maldonado is no longer employed with the Tigard Police Department since his resignation in April.

It is also unclear whether Port of Portland will reconsider onboarding him to the force following the strange circumstances of his hiring and eventual firing.
 

 

 

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