A mother has filed a lawsuit against a Maine school district, claiming that a social worker gave her 13-year-old daughter a breast binder and was allowed to secretly identify as the opposite sex without parental knowledge or consent.
The Goldwater Institute, a conservative and libertarian public policy think-tank and nonprofit organization, filed the lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of the mother, Amber Lavigne, in the United States District Court for the District of Maine.
The Great Salt Bay Community School Board and Superintendent Lynsey Johnston, among other school employees, are listed as defendants in the lawsuit. The suit contends that the defendants violated Lavigne’s constitutionally protected rights as a parent.
According to the suit, Lavigne’s daughter, referred to as A.B., began attending Great Salt Bay Community School in September 2019. In December 2022, while assisting her daughter with cleaning her room, the plaintiff discovered a chest binder among her daughter’s belongings.
Breast binders are often used by girls who identify as male to flatten their breasts. The potential side effects of wearing a binder include breathing difficulties, breast tissue damage, and cracked ribs.
When she asked A.B. where the binder had come from, the plaintiff’s daughter said she had received it from Samuel Roy, a social worker at the school. The school had not informed Lavigne that her daughter had been provided with a chest binder, according to the suit.
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