Boyertown student sues school district over transgender policy

A High School Boy Just Sued Because He Has To Share Bathrooms With A Transgender Student

A High School Boy Just Sued Because He Has To Share Bathrooms With A Transgender Student

But in a lawsuit filed yesterday, a cisgender high-school boy in Pennsylvania is suing the Boyertown Area School District for the opposite reason: because he wants his school to revoke its trans-inclusive bathroom policy.

Defendants named in the suit are Boyertown School District, Dr. Richard Faidley, superintendent; Dr. Brett Cooper, principal; and Dr. E. Wayne Foley, assistant principal.

"On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 the Boyertown Area School District received a demand letter from multiple attorneys related to student bathroom use".

Tobin said the suit is "clearly trying to paint a picture that schools which simply treat students equally are creating this awful harm", and claims "people who oppose the equal participation of transgender people in society are the ones being victimized". His attorneys claim that the school failed to inform parents that students could choose which bathroom facility to use based on their chosen gender identity, even going so far as to say that the school made the decision "secretly." .

The Doe family has enlisted the help of the anti-LGBTQ Alliance Defending Freedom and the Independence Law Center, a pro bono legal organization affiliated with the Pennsylvania Family Institute.

"A complaint has not been officially served to the Boyertown Area School District".

"He also fears the future embarrassment of meeting students of the opposite sex in the bathroom when simply relieving himself."
The school's response "marginalized and shamed Joel Doe" and forced him to have his privacy violated lest he be considered a bully, the suit says. The suit adds that the 14th Amendment guarantees privacy from people of a different birth sex in those facilities. Ironically, what Doe and his parents are protesting - his being relegated to the nurse's office rather than the locker room of the gender with which he identifies - is typically the prescription given for transgender students in other school districts where the restroom and locker room policy is based on biological sex alone.

The offended student accuses of the school of violation of bodily privacy, which is a violation of state privacy law.

It was October 31, 2016, when Joel Doe was changing into clothing for a required physical education class when he noticed a girl also changing in the room.

A Pennsylvania high school student is suing his school district after he said he was told by an administrator to "tolerate" changing in a locker room in front of girl who identifies as male. She was wearing "nothing but shorts and a bra". "Doe was subjected to harassment because the practice allows biological females to use the boys' locker rooms and restrooms, which creates a harassing hostile environment specifically on the basis of the sex of the persons involved".

The conflict turned into a nationwide dispute when Obama decided that "sex" as used in various 1970s laws meant the "sex" that a person believes themselves to be, unrelated to a physical characteristic.

"To the extent that any student in any school feels uncomfortable in the presence of others, those privacy concerns can be accommodated for that student", Gonzalez-Pagan says.

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