A junior at Boyertown Area High School in Pennsylvania is suing the school district for allegedly being forced to share a locker room with a transgender student. The lawsuit claims that the plaintiff was told by a school official that he must “tolerate” changing in the same space as a biological girl…who now identifies as a boy.
According to the suit, which was filed with the help of the Alliance Defending Freedom, the student was taken aback last fall when changing out for P.E. While putting his gym clothes on, he “suddenly realized there was a member of the opposite sex changing with him in the locker room, who was at the time wearing nothing but shorts and a bra.”
After this incident, the student got a few of his classmates together and marched down to the office of assistant principal E. Wayne Foley to lodge a complaint. But if they were looking for sympathy, they didn’t find it. Instead, Foley told the students that transgender girls and boys could choose to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity, regardless of their biological sex.
The lawsuit alleges that Foley told the students that they must “tolerate” the situation and encouraged them to make it as “natural” as they could.
“Our laws and customs have long recognized that we shouldn’t have to undress in front of persons of the opposite sex,” said the Alliance Defending Freedom 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.”
In an interview with Philly.com, Eliza Byard of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network said that special accommodations could be made – not for the transgender student, but for the plaintiff. She said that the offended student could be afforded a separate place to change if he couldn’t cope with the situation.
“This does not need to be made into a litigious issue,” she said.
Apparently it does, because that’s CRAZY. That’s literally crazy talk. If a student has a problem with a member of the opposite sex being in their bathrooms and locker rooms, THAT STUDENT should have to change somewhere else?
Of course, that was more or less the doctrine of the Obama administration, so we don’t know why we’re surprised. It’s just one of those things that we can never seem to wrap our heads around.
Good luck with the lawsuit, kid. We wish we had a better feeling about its outcome.