Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Woman Planning To Sue School Because Son Isn't Allowed To Identify As A Cat -- It's Satire

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Woman Planning To Sue School Because Son Isn't Allowed To Identify As A Cat -- It's Satire Satire

Is a mother planning on suing a school because they will not let her son identify as a cat? No, that's not true: The creator of this video on social media has "#satire" in the TikTok caption of her post and "SATIRE ACCOUNT" in her TikTok bio. Lead Stories has debunked similar claims in the past.

The claim appeared on X, formerly Twitter, (archived here) on December 19, 2023. The caption read:

Woman who's son identifies as a cat suing school because they won't 'accommodate for him.' 🤦🐈

This is what the post looked like on X at the time of writing:

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Twitter screenshot(Source: X screenshot taken on Wed Dec 20 15:25:48 2023 UTC)

In the video, a woman says her son's school is not allowing him to act like a cat and she is planning on suing them. She claims that the school is indoctrinating children into acting "human" by not allowing her son to "lick his paws" and be a cat during class. She ends the video asking if any other parents are having this issue in the hope of putting together a class action lawsuit. The unidentified woman does not mention the name or the location of the school she plans on suing.

A logo reading "TRUTHBTOLD" is at the bottom of the video. Lead Stories searched "truthbtold woman's son is a cat" on Google (example of search here) (archived here) and was led to a video (archived here) on TikTok. That video shows the same woman as in the video on X responding to a comment calling her "ridiculous" for allowing her son to act like a cat. A man then reacts to her response. The TikTok username, @isatandstared (archived here), can be seen in the woman's response while she is on screen.

The @isatandstared's account belongs to the woman who made the video seen on X. In her bio, she makes it clear that she makes satirical content by putting "SATIRE ACCOUNT" there. She posted the original video (archived here) on August 4, 2023. The caption contains the hashtag "#satire." The screenshot below shows the "#satire" hashtag in the caption of this claim. Comments have been covered by Lead Stories:

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(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Wed Dec 20 16:07:55 2023 UTC)

Previously, Lead Stories has debunked claims that a Tennessee student won a lawsuit to have cat litter in high school bathrooms, that "otherkin" (non-human entities in human bodies) are being integrated into a high school and that a Wisconsin school district has put a "furry protocol" in place to normalize students who want to act like cats and dogs at school.

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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