When a male high school student in Pennsylvania recently turned around and saw a female student in the boys’ locker room wearing only a bra from the waist up, he was nothing short of shocked.
Looking for an explanation, the male student reported the incident to the principal. The response he got was not what he expected. He learned that the Boyertown Area School District in Berks and Montgomery County gave the female student permission to enter and change in the boys’ locker room—without telling parents or students.
The male student was then told to “tolerate” it and to make sharing a locker room with the female student as “natural” as possible.
But there’s nothing natural about forcing teenage boys to share their school locker rooms with girls. In fact, Pennsylvania’s school law requires sex-specific facilities in order to protect the privacy of students in the state’s care.
Alliance Defending Freedom, along with Independence Law Center, has filed a lawsuit against the Boyertown Area School District over this violation of student privacy.
“Our laws and customs have long recognized that the government should not force a student to undress in school locker rooms in front of persons of the opposite sex,” said ADF Legal Counsel Kellie Fiedorek. “But now some schools are bullying our children into giving up their rights even though Pennsylvania’s school law requires separate facilities on the basis of sex.”
The school district’s decision follows in the footsteps of the Obama administration’s May 2016 Dear Colleague Letter, which had redefined Title IX’s prohibitions on sex discrimination to include the distinct concept of “gender identity.” Schools risked losing federal funding if educators did not authorize students to share private spaces, including locker rooms and shower areas, with members of the opposite biological sex as a way of affirming a few students’ misperception of their sex.
Probably the most prominent example is Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., the student privacy case that was set to be heard by the United States Supreme Court before the Trump administration decided to rescind the Obama directive. The Court sent the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit for reconsideration in light of the reversal.
And while the Trump administration’s action is a step in the right direction for student privacy, it can’t turn back time or prevent LGBT activists from pushing their agenda on our children.
Many similar cases are already being litigated, including in Illinois and Minnesota. And as this most recent case shows, students are still being forced to fight for their constitutional right to bodily privacy. Unfortunately, that’s not likely to end anytime soon.
”Although gender identity advocates have lost the tremendous advantage of having the executive branch champion their cause, they will undoubtedly continue to press their position in court,” explained ADF Senior Counsel Jim Campbell in The Daily Signal. “And the Supreme Court’s decision not to rule in the Gloucester case reignites many cases that will give them occasion to do just that.”
It’s more important now than ever to stand up for our children and grandchildren and ensure their constitutional right to bodily privacy is protected. The sexual revolutionaries would tell this young man that he is “intolerant” for not wanting to share a private space with a female student. They would tell him that he and his fellow students must sacrifice their own personal privacy to accommodate someone else. But they are wrong.
Our schools have a responsibility to protect the privacy of all students. The Boyertown Area School District failed to do its job and should be held accountable.
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