It’s a liberal world gone mad at one Colorado high school, where the rights of one transgender student have trumped the rights of other students forced to share a bathroom.
The transgender student, a male who identifies himself as a female, has sexually harassed female students in the girl’s bathroom at Florence High School, Pacific Justice Institute reported.
Not only have parents’ complaints gone nowhere, but the female students have also been threatened with dismissal from athletic teams and hate crimes charges if the complaints don’t stop, according to the institute, a nonprofit religious-rights organization that was alerted by concerned parents.
BizPac Review obtained the institute’s letter, sent to the school reminding officials of their “legal obligations to protect the privacy and expressive rights of all students — not just a select few.”
Institute attorneys said parents contacted them after discovering the school’s “apparent disregard for the constitutional privacy rights of their minor children.”
According to the letter, after meeting with the girls complaining about sharing a bathroom with the transgender student, school officials suggested the girls “avoid using the girls’ locker room” and instead use another bathroom. However, the one suggested is “far from their classes” and is not open during the after-school sports in which they participate.”
The letter extensively detailed what it said was legal precedent upholding privacy and expressive rights, especially of minor students while at school.
The institute has given the school five days to respond in writing to the specific issues it stated in the letter:
[acknowledging] the significant privacy rights of FHS students to not be forced to share bathrooms and locker rooms with members of the opposite biological sex;
[offering] proposed accommodations that are reasonable and do not involve students foregoing access to locker rooms or most bathrooms as a condition of maintaing their privacy rights;
[affirming] the expressive rights of students to discuss matters of public concern, including all sides of current LGBT issues and the students’ own constitutional privacy rights;
[explaining] in detail any factual allegations that you consider to be disputed; and
[identifying] the process you are undertaking to better educate FHS staff of student constitutional rights.
Read the letter PJI sent to Florence High School officials here.
*This post has been updated based on information from Pacific Justice Institute’s letter.