OH school dist. sues feds over transgender locker rooms

Sunday, June 12, 2016
Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

woman in locker roomAn Ohio school district is suing the federal government to protect unclothed girls and boys from “transgender” students who are permitted by the Obama administration’s mandate to use showers and locker rooms legally designated for students of the opposite biological sex.

The lawsuit argues that students’ right to privacy — which prohibits them from being forced to be nude with the opposite sex — is being blatantly violated.

“All individuals, including students, have a constitutional right to bodily privacy protected by the Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution that forbids the government from placing them in situations where they will expose their unclothed or partially clothed bodies to people of the opposite sex,” reads the lawsuit, according to WND.

The Highland Local School District — which spans Knox, Delaware and Morrow counties in Ohio — is being represented in its lawsuit by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). Instead of letting a boy who claims to be a girl use the girl’s facilities, school officials in the district have elected to solve the problem by providing the gender-confused boy with private facilities.

White House’s LGBT agenda pressing forward

Foreseeing school districts working around the recent call to accommodate radical transgender restroom and locker room policies, President Barack Obama recently issued his aggressive mandate.

“That’s one of the things Obama purported to ban when his Education and Justice departments some weeks ago issued orders to all schools nationwide to cater to alternative sexual lifestyle claims,” WND’s Bob Unruh reports.

The nonprofit group filing the suit on behalf of the school district said on Friday that the federal government is using intimation tactics, announcing that ‘[t]he Department of Education has threatened the federal funding of Highland Local School District.”

Attorneys with the legal organization insist that school officials are well within their means when they work to ensure the security of their students.

“Schools have a duty to protect the dignity, privacy and safety of all students,” ADF Senior Counsel Jim Campbell explained. “This is precisely what Highland Local School District has done. Despite that, the Department of Education is attempting to strong-arm Highland into complying with a lawless demand to open its single-sex overnight accommodations, locker rooms, showers and restrooms to students of the opposite sex. The DOE is trying to redefine a federal law that only Congress can change.”

Still not enough

With all of the new special privileges awarded to gender-confused students at schools, the many that were already in place were not enough for one transgender student, who then sought legal action against the district.

“Despite a multitude of special accommodations, the guardian for the troubled, young student filed a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) because the district will not provide the child with access to intimate facilities designated for the opposite sex,” Unruh informed.

It wasn’t long before the OCR ordered the school district to violate the constitutionally protected privacy of all students in the three county’s public school system who identify with their appropriate biological sex.

“As a result, Highland faces an impossible choice: capitulate to defendants’ demands and sacrifice the dignity and privacy rights of their students; or protect those rights and watch defendants strip away more than a million dollars each year in federal funding devoted to special-education programs, lunches for underprivileged children, and educational advancement,” the complaint states. “The court should resolve this dilemma, declare that defendants’ new Title IX rule is an unlawful executive-branch attempt to rewrite federal law, enjoin defendants from enforcing that rule, and protect Highland from having to cut programs that serve underprivileged children and students struggling to learn.”

White House ignorant of the law

Legal experts insist that the Obama administration is oblivious to what the law states.

“[The Obama administration makes decisions based on] its inaccurate interpretation of Title IX, a 1972 federal law that prohibits schools from discriminating ‘on the basis of sex,'” ADF attorneys assert.

According to the rules and regulations that public schools are legally bound to follow, the Obama administration is demanding the Ohio school district to break the law.

“[S]eparate toilet, locker room and shower facilities on the basis of sex [must be provided by the district],” the regulations distinctly lay out.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg, who is on the far Left, mentioned the aforementioned accommodations when writing as a law professor about facilities that must be provided according to the law.

“[P]laces to disrobe, sleep, perform personal bodily functions are permitted, in some situations required, by regard for individual privacy [must be provided],” Ginsburg previously stated about the issue at hand.

Obama gave similar orders earlier to Texas school officials, but they have simply ignored the president’s demands so far.

It is anticipated that the current legal battle over transgender facilities in Ohio’s Highland Local School District will be resolved soon.

“The dispute is expected to work its way quickly to the U.S. Supreme Court, because some of the cases were already in the system before Obama’s orders,” WND announced. “The Ohio attorney general warned the Obama administration his rules and edicts are not the law, and he, too, will fight their enforcement.”


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