The Maine mother suing her daughter’s school for giving her kid an undergarment to help her transition genders without her knowledge told The Post she is being attacked online by liberals, even though she considers herself a Democrat.
“Because I don’t support this, I kind of have been ousted from my political party,” Amber Lavigne told The Post in a phone interview Friday. “They tell me ‘You don’t belong here anymore.’”
Earlier this week, attorneys for Lavigne filed a federal lawsuit against her daughter’s public school, alleging that Great Salt Bay Community School Board violated her constitutional rights to decide the upbringing of her child.
In December, the New Castle resident discovered her 13-year-old had been wearing so-called “chest-binders” used by females transitioning to males to hide their breasts.
The mother of three later learned her daughter obtained the undergarments from her school’s social worker, Sam Roy, without her consent and that she was using an entirely different name, unbeknown to her.
Despite going to the school district for help, Lavigne said the social worker was never punished, nor did the school find any fault in his conduct. The one thing they admitted blame for was not informing Lavigne her daughter had started conversations with Roy months before.
Up until the discovery of the chest binders, Lavigne thought her child was meeting with a different school social worker for mental health and gender identity issues.
“What I would have liked to see happen is to put [Roy] on administrative leave,” she said. “He should have been taken out of the schools while they investigated what happened. They did none of that. I don’t believe I would have pushed forward with the lawsuit if something would have occurred that made me feel like the school took this seriously.”
Instead, she says Roy retaliated against her by filing a complaint, alleging she was abusing her own daughter. CPS paid a visit to Lavigne’s home, but she told The Post the case has since been dismissed.
“I don’t want to see this happen to another family,” Lavigne added. “This has ripped my family apart. We’re struggling.”
Aside from family turmoil, Lavigne, a registered Democrat, explained she is being targeted by people who assume she is conservative or transphobic.
“It’s impacted my business, and I’ve received awful emails from people who think that I’m a terrible human being, and yet they’ve never met me,” said the mental health professional.
“I’m pretty socially liberal — I’m not some bigoted person who thinks that transgender people don’t deserve a voice.”
Instead, she explained on some of the hardest days, she has leaned on Republicans who have reached out to her.
“These people have rallied around me and showered me in support, [whereas] the people who’ve always aligned with me when it comes to politics, and I hate that this is even a political hot button topic, but I kind have lost a place in that political world,” she added.
But the hardest thing about the entire experience was the day she found the chest binders in her daughter’s room and learned her girl was being a called a boy’s name behind her back.
“It was the largest pill I’ve had to swallow.”
The school has also refused to release any documents showing what conversations the girl and Roy had, Lavigne claims.
The school district did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment, but in a previously released statement, the principal told parents schools are required to follow state and federal civil rights laws about discrimination and privacy — which include privileged communication between social workers and minor clients.
“My heavy concern is that an initial step is chest binders — would they have moved forward with talking to her about puberty blockers,” she wondered. “Maybe they had that conversation. I don’t know. My daughter [has] been clear that she hasn’t shared everything that she and the social worker have discussed.”
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