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“I felt very violated, very uncomfortable, very vulnerable …”

— Palatine Township School District student, name withheld

Why it’s time to fight the latest Obama Administration mandate being imposed on our schools

The battle that students and parents in Palatine, Illinois, are being forced to fight could soon be coming to a school near you.

You see, earlier this year, the Palatine Township School District implemented a new policy based upon a nationwide directive from the U.S. Department of Education. The directive requires schools to allow students to use locker rooms, restrooms, and even showers designated for members of the opposite sex.

It all began when a male student demanded access to the girls’ locker room after P.E. and swimming classes. Students and parents begged the district not to comply with this mandate. And, at first, the district agreed to draw a line at the locker room door. 

But when the Obama Education Department threatened to cut off $6 million in federal funds if the district did not comply with the student’s demand, the district decided to sacrifice the rights of every other student and their parents.

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“Girls should never be forced to undress in the presence of young men. It violates their right to privacy and harms their dignity.”

— A concerned parent

The Obama Administration is putting the privacy and safety of children at risk

What happened next was tragic … but all too predictable. School became a hostile environment for the girls. Many began to dread using the restroom or changing in the locker room at school. One girls wears her gym clothes underneath her street clothes so that she doesn’t have to undress when the male is present. Some refused to use the locker room at school at all. And those who do try to preserve some sense of modesty while changing are “ridiculed.”

If you watched the video above, you’ve seen some of them tell their stories.

Finally, a group of 51 brave families from Palatine banded together to take a stand for privacy, safety, dignity, and common sense. Alliance Defending Freedom is helping them.

ADF filed suit against the school district and the Obama Department of Education on behalf of these 51 families, because schools have a duty to protect their students’ privacy. We’re representing the families free of charge, and we’ll fight for them as long as it takes.

But this fight is also for the children in your life, which is why it’s so important to have your help.

Your gift today will make it possible for ADF to protect the privacy, safety, and dignity of all students nationwide. And thanks to a generous matching gift, your gift will be doubled dollar for dollar.

Please prayerfully give generously to have your gift doubled today.

The law has been twisted for a political agenda

To justify its plans to force boys into girls locker rooms, shower rooms, and restrooms, the Obama Administration has blatantly misinterpreted Title IX, a federal law that bars sex discrimination in schools that receive federal money. But the Administration is wrong. Since its passage more than 40 years ago, the term “sex” in Title IX has always been understood to refer to the two biological sexes, and never gender identity.

Title IX also states explicitly that schools are allowed to maintain sex-specific locker rooms, changing rooms, showers, and restrooms — placing the Education Department’s new directive in direct violation of the very law it claims to be based on.

It’s hard to imagine a more shameless violation of the privacy rights of our students. But what actually makes the directive dangerous is the traumatic impact it will have on vulnerable young women and little girls.

This is especially obvious when you consider:

  • The presence of a biological male in a place that is supposed to be private and safe can trigger serious emotional and psychological pain for many women and girls who have been sexually abused. To allow it is simply outrageous!
  • While most people dealing with sexual identity confusion are not a threat, those with ill intent can and will use directives like this one to gain access to changing areas, showers, and restrooms.

Already this year, there are reports from Seattle, Virginia, and Los Angeles of men posing as women to gain access to women’s locker rooms, shower rooms, and restrooms. We can only expect that incidents like these will increase.

But you can stand against these mandates  — and protect the right to privacy that we are all guaranteed. It starts at the schoolhouse door.

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“School districts have a duty to protect the privacy, safety, and dignity of all students at their schools. When a school allows students of one sex to enter the restroom, locker rooms, and showers of students of the opposite sex, they violate that duty.”

— ADF Senior Counsel Jeremy Tedesco

Here’s how you can help fight back today

With your generous gift today — and through the power of the match — ADF can initiate a comprehensive response to the overreaches of the Obama Administration. With your help, we will:

  • FILE additional lawsuits on behalf of students, parents, and other individuals who have been harmed by these bad policies.
  • DEFEND school districts that take a sensible approach to student privacy policies against bullying actions by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • PROVIDE model state laws and local school policies that protect privacy and safety for all students in school locker rooms, overnight lodgings, restrooms, and other intimate settings.
  • INFORM school districts that no law requires public schools to allow boys into the girls’ locker rooms, shower rooms, and restrooms — and that they have a fundamental duty to protect the privacy and safety of their students.
  • EDUCATE local and national legislators on the right of bodily privacy and the legality of policies and laws that protect privacy and safety.

Remember, thanks to a matching grant, your gift today to defend students’ and parents’ rights in our schools will be doubled dollar for dollar.

Apart from Christ, we can do nothing (John 15:5). But with your generous support, we can make sure our schools respect our children’s privacy.

Thank you for giving generously to have your gift doubled today.

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  • The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted a Virginia school district’s request to protect student privacy while it decides whether or not to hear the case of G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board. This means that students in Gloucester County, for now, will have their privacy protected in intimate spaces such as locker rooms, showers, and restrooms.
  • We’ve seen a recent victory for student privacy in Texas, with the August 22 decision in State of Texas v. United States of America. However, this is just one court. We need to see more victories like this. The Obama administration will not relent – and we must continue the momentum in favor of student privacy and safety.

About Alliance Defending Freedom

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, nonprofit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.

ADF was launched in 1994 by 35 ministry leaders, including Dr. James Dobson, and our late friends, Dr. D. James Kennedy, Dr. Bill Bright, and Larry Burkett.

By God’s grace, ADF has grown from the prayers of those godly leaders to become a major force in the legal battle for religious freedom, prevailing in hundreds of cases in state and federal courts, and playing important roles in 49 victories at the Supreme Court of the United States.