Highland Local School District in Ohio filed suit against the Obama administration this summer after the Departments of Education and Justice threatened to take away more than $1 million in annual funding if the district did not obey the new transgender mandate. At issue is an 11-year-old identified as “Jane Doe” in court documents – a biological male who considers himself a girl. Doe wants to use the girls bathroom and the school district won’t let him.
And in 2016, where nothing makes sense anymore, it’s the SCHOOL DISTRICT that’s in the wrong. Not the boy who thinks he’s a girl. Don’t be ridiculous.
Federal Judge Algenon Marbley decided in favor of the Obama administration, ordering Highland to treat Jane Doe “like the girl she is.” Marbley instructed the school district to let Doe use the girls facilities, including the bathrooms and showers. He said there was “certainly no evidence” that this arrangement would compromise the safety or comfort of the rest of the school’s female population.
“School districts that have encountered these very issues have been able to integrate transgender students fully into the academic and social community without disruption, and certainly without the doomsday scenarios Highland predicts, such as sexual predators entering an elementary-school restroom,” he wrote, according to the Toledo Blade.
Highland had provided a bathroom in the school office for Doe to use, but the child’s parents said this inconvenience was taking a “toll on her mental health.”
Gee, you think something else might be a factor in your child’s deteriorating mental health? Can you think of anything? Anything at all?
This reasoning – that the burden of proof falls on the school districts and not the Obama administration – is faulty and ridiculous. It should not be up to public schools to prove that girls will be endangered by boys using the wrong bathroom. No reason should be required at all. It’s up to the Obama administration to prove they have the right to make this mandate, and that’s something they have not done. Title IX restrictions apply to sex, not “gender identity.” You know why? Because “gender identity” is a made-up concept and biological sex is real. We typically don’t make laws protecting fictional apparitions.
Or at least we didn’t back when things made sense.