Sometimes, the bravest thing parents can do in America today is send their children off to school. Kindergarten, elementary school, high school, college – the realms of education are more and more hostile to families who honor faith, cherish freedom … or even just value common sense.
Making the school environment more legally hospitable for your family is a major priority of Alliance Defending Freedom – and in this, as in so many legal arenas, our attorneys are in no danger of running out of work.
In Louisville, Kentucky, for instance, our lawyers have written a letter to officials of Jefferson County Public Schools (which recently adopted a policy prohibiting discrimination against “transgendered” students) urging them to countermand the cockeyed decision of a local principal to allow boys and girls to use each others’ bathrooms. The principal is apparently convinced that he’s legally required to allow this mutual access, or face charges of sexual discrimination.
In fact – as our letter explains – the district is in greater danger of violating students’ privacy rights and placing young people in potentially unsafe conditions. ADF has outlined a policy that ensures both privacy and safety, and has offered to defend the school district free of charge against any lawsuits challenging that policy, should the district adopt it.
“Every student has a right to privacy and safety,” says ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco. “The only sensible, objective, and enforceable policy is one that ensures single-sex access to areas where children undress or engage in other activities that require privacy.”
In Morris, Minnesota, it’s students’ freedom that’s endangered, after the University of Minnesota-Morris has declined to take action against a professor who encouraged his students to destroy an independent student publication whose conservative views he disagrees with. Not only did someone apparently take the professor up on his offer – the next day, all the papers disappeared from their bins – but in the weeks since a significant number of papers from a later edition were defaced. University administrators haven’t condemned that action, either.
ADF attorneys have sent a