A father has sued Palm Beach County Public Schools for violating Florida’s new Parental Rights in Education law.
Dr. Francisco Deliu filed the lawsuit earlier this month, asserting that his son’s computer science teacher, Rachel Raos, tried to “indoctrinate” her class at Emerald Cove Middle School by displaying two “gay pride” flags in her classroom.
The lawsuit also claims that Raos sought to promote “homosexual lifestyles.”
School district officials responded by saying they “look forward to the facts in this case unfolding during the process.” Newsmax noted on Thursday.
The controversy began on Sept. 16, when Deliu’s 12-year-old son informed him of the flags.
The Hill reported that the seventh-grader shared that in addition to hanging the Pride flags, Raos “attempted to impose her own belief system on her students by using a search engine to find websites about LGBTQ identities and issues.”
Deliu asserted this violated his Christian-Orthodox faith.
“I felt that was improper because I don’t send my child to that school to be taught homosexuality and taught gay pride,” he told the NBC affiliate in West Palm Beach earlier this week.
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“I thought we sent children to school to learn reading, writing, and arithmetic.”
The Parental Rights in Education law, which took effect July 1, forbids school districts and classroom teachers from implementing lesson plans rooted in gender identity and sexual orientation in grades K-3.
But it also prohibits such lessons for older students if they are not presented in an “age-appropriate” manner. The law empowers parents to sue school districts if they believe these provisions have been violated.
Deliu’s lawsuit says he “wishes to teach his child about homosexual lifestyle choices not in the public school system but instead at home.” Accordingly, Deliu argued in court records that Raos and the school sought to “mold his child’s mind without his consent.”