A California mom whose teenage daughter dedicated suicide on the age of 19 is blaming the woman’s highschool for encouraging her daughter to determine as male and taking her daughter away from her.
Abigail Martinez, whose daughter Yaeli had suffered from despair as a younger teenager and later recognized as “Andrew,” instructed The Daily Mail that Yaeli’s faculty inspired her to take hormones, bear gender reassignment surgical procedure, to secretly be a part of an LGBT group and to not converse to her mom.
Martinez, 53, a mom of 4, who filed a 2020 civil lawsuit in opposition to LA County and its Division of Little one and Household Providers (DCFS), “stated an older trans pupil ‘coached’ Yaeli on what to inform social employees to place her into foster care, in order that the state would pay for her gender reassignment,” The Each day Mail reported.
Ryan Foran, a spokesman for the Arcadia College District, acknowledged, “We share within the sorrow and grief of the Martinez household and proceed to supply our sincerest condolences. Whereas we’re unable to offer private info or remark relating to a selected pupil as a result of state and federal legal guidelines defending the privateness of pupil info, any declare or assertion that may counsel our college inspired one in every of our college students to take hormones and bear gender reassignment surgical procedure can be categorically false.”
“Moreover, a declare suggesting our college or a workers member didn’t correctly deal with a pupil’s extreme despair is each fully inaccurate and troubling as our faculties and workers wouldn’t be approved or medically certified to deal with medical despair,” he continued. “Nevertheless, our workers works tirelessly to offer and counsel assets, when acceptable, to assist join college students and households with licensed psychological well being professionals to deal with circumstances equivalent to medical despair. We now have a really caring workers that’s devoted to offering a protected, nondiscriminatory faculty surroundings for all college students. We additionally frequently present assets to advertise the wholesome psychological, emotional, and social well-being of all college students.”
Martinez acknowledged that Yaeli confirmed indicators of despair by eighth grade after being bullied and began questioning her sexuality at round 15 years previous. She continued:
As soon as she moved to highschool, by the start of sophomore 12 months issues modified drastically. … She talked to her sister about how she appreciated women. She was questioning her sexuality. It was a shock, however she was looking for out her id. It’s regular, what kids don’t undergo that at that age? … However I by no means imagined what the college would do. … The varsity was telling her to go to those LGBT teams behind my again. She went from questioning her sexuality to her gender. … She had these friends in school two years older than her. They had been those who introduced these concepts – “Possibly you’re depressed as a result of don’t you are feeling such as you’re a boy?” – and the college was supportive of that. … The varsity instructed her these teams had been the place to go, and I didn’t have to find out about it. … I requested her what was occurring, and he or she tried to disclaim it, as a result of she was instructed that if she talked about it at dwelling, I might not help it.
“I didn’t like the concept [of transitioning],” Martinez stated. “However I simply needed her to seek out out what was main her to go that manner. I defined to the social employees it’s not going to work. My daughter wants psychological well being assist. You must go from the within out. If she’s pleased with herself that’s all we’d like. Deal with that.”
Talking at The Heritage Foundation, Martinez stated, “The varsity counselor was concerned, DCFS (Division of Youngsters and Household Providers) was concerned, LGBT was in there too, making an attempt to ‘assist’ my daughter on the transition of being transgender. I used to be accused that I didn’t wish to open my eyes since she felt since she was just a little woman that she was a boy which was not true. She was not even near a tomboy … she was the girlie woman in the home.”
“As an alternative of correct remedy for psychological sickness, Martinez stated her daughter was inspired by the college and her LGBT help group to take hormones and pursue gender reassignment surgical procedure, and lower Martinez out of the method,” The Each day Mail wrote. “Yaeli was allegedly instructed by her trans friends that the one manner she may get it paid for by the state was if she was in foster care. Martinez stated one trans pal and their dad and mom ‘coached’ Yaeli, persuading her to run away from dwelling in July 2016 and inform the Division of Little one and Household Providers (DCFS) that her mom had slapped her within the face.”
“I by no means was abusive to my kids. I really like my kids,” Martinez acknowledged. “I by no means slapped her. However she was coached by this household what to inform the authorities so they can not ship her again dwelling with me.”
Martinez was positioned in foster care by a choose; Martinez stated, “’On the go to days, when she got here to my home, I used to be instructed to not discuss God. They instructed me when you do this, you’ll by no means see your daughter. However I introduced meals to share together with her on Saturdays, and we prayed earlier than consuming. She would shut her eyes and bow her head.”
Texts present Yaeli telling her mom, “I could be troublesome generally however I actually love you Mama,” “I really like you tons,” and “I really like you and keep in mind you’re sturdy. I’m so happy with you for every thing you’ve carried out. … I’m actually completely happy to have you ever as my mother. You imply the world to me. … You’re the very best mother anybody may ask for. You continually sacrifice your self for others.”
Martinez commented, “I knew that the hormones wouldn’t work. She was taken away from my home as a result of they needed to avoid wasting her life. My query to all of them is the place is my daughter now? Why did they play together with her life? … I’m damaged. My household life just isn’t going to be the identical ever once more.”
Roger Severino, a former civil rights director for the federal Division of Well being and Human Providers who has helped Martinez, instructed The Each day Mail:
The state bought between a younger woman in hassle and the one that cherished her essentially the most, her mom. As an alternative of working by way of the underlying despair, they put Abi’s daughter on a one-way monitor straight to transition and chemical interventions that may result in everlasting sterilization as a child. As a result of the state took Abi’s daughter away, her despair bought worse. And with out having her mom’s love, she took her personal life. I feel the college district in the end is accountable for her demise.
The Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free hotline for people in disaster or misery or for these seeking to assist another person. It’s obtainable 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.
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