North Carolina’s HB2 law, aka the “Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act”, has brought the gender bathrooms issue to national attention.
While liberals scream that the law is discriminatory towards the transgender community, the reality is parents plainly don’t want their children subjected to it, especially in a public restroom.
In the last year of his presidency, President Obama issued guidance in response to the HB2 law directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity.
But even though President Trump lifted the guidance during his first days in office, the adverse effects from this clearly still resonates.
A Pennsylvania high school is now finding their administration under fire for attempting to shame a boy – against his will – into undressing himself in front of a transgender student.
“A teenage boy and his parents have filed a lawsuit against a Pennsylvania high school saying that administrators tried to shame the boy for being “intolerant” and demanded that he undress with girls in the school locker room to ‘make it seem natural.’
The lawsuit, filed by Alliance Defending Freedom and Independence Law Center (ILC), is alleging that the Boyertown Area School District in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, sexually harassed the plaintiff, CBS News reported.
‘No school should rob any student of this legally protected personal privacy,’ said ILC attorney Randall Wenger.
‘We trust that our children won’t be forced into emotionally vulnerable situations like this when they are in the care of our schools because it’s a school’s duty to protect and respect the bodily privacy and dignity of all students.’
‘My client is standing up not only for himself but for others who feel bullied,’ Wenger added.
The student alleges that he became uncomfortable when a biologically female student claiming to be a transgender ‘boy’ began undressing next to him in a school locker room.
The plaintiff and several other boys reported their feelings to the school’s assistant principal, but were verbally assaulted by the school official for being ‘intolerant.’
‘Dr. Foley [the assistant principal] told [the plaintiff] to ‘tolerate’ it and to make it as ‘natural’ as he possibly can,’ the lawsuit states.
‘It’s an egregious violation for the school to just brush off these students and tell them that their feelings don’t matter and to make it ‘as natural as they possibly can,’ attorney Wenger insisted.
ILC also states that the school never brought any discussion on a transgender policy to either parents or the school board before allowing the transgender student into the boys’ locker room.”
While the transgender student was a girl at birth, she now identifies as a boy.
CBS Philly concluded:
“’Our laws and customs have long recognized that we shouldn’t have to undress in front of persons of the opposite sex,’ ADF Legal Counsel Kellie Fiedorek said in a statement.
‘But now some schools are forcing our children into giving up their privacy rights even though, in this case, Pennsylvania law requires schools to have separate facilities on the basis of sex.’
Lawyers who filed the lawsuit in Philadelphia federal court say their goal is to get the Boyertown Area Senior School District to ‘reverse their policy of opening the boys’ locker room to biological females who identify as male.’
The Boyertown Area School District refused to comment on its locker room policy.
In a very brief statement, the district superintendent acknowledged he had received demand letters from attorneys to change the locker room policy, but that ‘a complaint has not been officially served to the Boyertown Area School District.’”
This case is crucially important because the ruling will have a probable effect on locker room school policies nationwide.