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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Ninth Circuit Court Is Insane

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in the West coast, has done it again. It is out of its mind. It has proven to be out of control. Now it has out done itself. Today, just hours ago.

The schools out there tricked the parents to give permission to their children to take a survey. The parents were never told that the survey was about sex. They were told that it was about "trauma" The "trauma" survey asked questions of 7 year old children like this:
While parents were informed that the survey would cover "baseline . . . exposure to early trauma (for example, violence)," it specifically did not mention sex. In fact, the survey asked seven year olds to "rate the following activities" among which were these
8. Touching my private parts too much
17. Thinking about having sex
22. Thinking about touching other peoples private parts
23. Thinking about sex when I dont want to
26. Washing myself because I feel dirty on the inside
34. Not trusting people because they might want sex
40. Getting scared or upset when I think about sex
44. Having sex feelings in my body
47. Cant stop thinking about sex
54. Getting upset when people talk about sex
Seven year olds were asked these questions. The parents of the children learned of the survey questions when their children started telling them about the survey. Horrified, the parents complained to the school, arguing that had they know the true nature of the survey, they would have never offered their consent. The school district rebuffed the parents, and the parents sued
Here is the exact wording of the reply the courts made to this charge as they dismissed it.
When parents of schoolchildren in Palmdale, California
learned from their sons and daughters that they had been
questioned in their public elementary school about sexual top-
ics such as the frequency of thinking about having sex and
thinking about touching other peoples private parts, some
of them exercised their constitutional right to take their griev-
ance to the courts. The questioning was part of a survey the
Palmdale School District was conducting regarding psycho-
logical barriers to learning. The parents brought an action in
district court against the School District and two of its offi-
cials for violating their right to privacy and their right to con-
trol the upbringing of their children by introducing them to
matters of and relating to sex. They brought both federal and
state claims. The district court dismissed the federal causes of
action for failure to state a claim upon which relief could be
granted and dismissed the state claims without prejudice to
their right to re-file in state court. We agree, and hold that there is no fundamental right of parents to be the exclusive provider of information regarding sexual matters to their chil- dren, either independent of their right to direct the upbringing and education of their children or encompassed by it. We also hold that parents have no due process or privacy right to over- ride the determinations of public schools as to the information to which their children will be exposed while enrolled as students.
Finally, we hold that the defendants actions were ratio-
nally related to a legitimate state purpose.
This is an outrage that must be fixed. No wonder the Dems are working so hard to stop the appointment of judges. Their "looney toons" understanding of reality is far from the center.

Many thanks to for this heads up. You can see the entire legal opinion here.
Click on Fields V Palmdale.


Blogger Mayor of Tommyville said...

It would be funny if it wasn't so sad. Yet another example of judical tyranny; Children belong to the community and/or the state; Parents just get the privelge of feeding and clothing them on the government's behalf. It takes a villiage Right?

9:58 PM, November 03, 2005  

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