Gender-neutral bathroom closed following 'isolated' incident

Thursday, March 5, 2020
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

gender-neutral bathroomA Wisconsin public school has closed its gender-neutral bathroom after an 18-year-old male student was arrested for fourth-degree sexual assault and child enticement.

Austin Sauer allegedly exposed himself to a child in the bathroom at Rhinelander High School, according to the Oneida County Sheriff's Office. A spokesperson for the sheriff's office told WSAW.com that the school didn't send a message to parents because it was "an isolated incident" and the student was removed from the school.

Cultural issues writer Laurie Higgins of Illinois Family Institute explains why conservatives have warned against gender-neutral bathrooms for years.

"Do we really think that men who prey on women are going to be afraid or reluctant to lie and say that they identify as female when they don't?" she asks. "Of course, they're not going to be reluctant to lie – they're willing to assault people! And … that's what's happened in this school."

As to the school's response, Higgins contends school officials are trying to quietly put the incident behind them because they loathe negative publicity.

"They only told the parents of the two students involved," she says. "They didn't tell any of the other parents because it didn't involve them. And so they just quietly – well, they tried to do it quietly."

State statute defines fourth-degree sexual assault as "sexual contact with a person without the consent of that person."

According to ConservativeMedia.com, Sauer has not been charged. He was released on a $1,500 signature bond. The investigation is ongoing.

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