Thursday, December 31, 2015

VA School Sued: Letting Girls in Boys Locker Room

Student Jack Doe (a pseudonym) is suing the Fairfax County School Board over its new transgender policy because he “is terrified of the thought of having to share intimate spaces with students who have the physical features of a girl, seeing such conduct as an invasion of his privacy, invasion of fellow students’ privacy and a violation of the though[t] patterns and understanding about male and female relationships which are part of his cultural values.”

For background, read Fairfax County Schools Opens All Restrooms to "Any and All Genders" -- school claims Obama administration has mandated the change by threatening to withhold money

Also read President Obama Forces Wildest Transgender Agenda on Children Using Full Force of Federal Government and now Hillary Clinton Promises Even MORE 'Transgender/Gay Rights'

UPDATE 4/2/16: Toilets NOT in Restrooms will be New Design for Transgender Agenda

-- From "Conservative advocate sues school board over new transgender policy" by Moriah Balingit, Washington Post 12/29/15

Andrea Lafferty, head of the Traditional Values Coalition, and an unnamed high school student filed the suit in Fairfax County Circuit Court last week, arguing that the county school board overstepped its bounds when it changed the policy to bar discrimination of students and staff based on their gender identity or sexual orientation. The suit asks for an injunction to stop the board from implementing the policy.

The lawsuit argues that the Virginia General Assembly has never given school boards the authority to bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Even though Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) issued an opinion in March allowing school boards to add those categories, Lafferty’s lawyers disagreed with his reasoning, saying that the General Assembly never authorized the change.

“The Virginia legislature has already chosen a specific set of categories upon which to outlaw discrimination,” said Horatio Mihet, an attorney with the public interest law firm Liberty Counsel, which is representing Lafferty and the unnamed student. “Gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation are not among those specific categories.”

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From "Transgender Protections Spur Suit in Virginia" by Britain Eakin, Courthouse News Service 12/29/15

Several taxpayers filed suit over the policy change last week in Fairfax County Circuit Court, contending that it will cause student confusion, raise privacy and safety issues, and affect both student-to-student and student-teacher relations.

"Inserting undefined terms into the student handbook and thereby subjecting students to discipline without proper notice of the conduct for which they can be suspended exceeds Defendant's authority under Virginia law," the Dec. 21 complaint states.

Mihet said there is nothing in state law or Title IX, the federal law that bars sexual discrimination in education, that would prohibit schools from restricting bathroom use or locker room use. That argument is "devoid of legal merit," he added.

More than 200 parents of students in Fairfax County public schools signed a petition opposing the changes to the nondiscrimination policy, according to the complaint.

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From "What do you say to a naked girl in the boys room?" by Bob Unruh, World Net Daily 12/30/15

“Because the new policy and code of conduct are not sufficiently defined, Jack Doe has no way of knowing whether he can, for example, question someone who appears to be a girl using the boys’ restroom or locker room, refer to someone by a certain pronoun or even compliment someone on his/her attire without being subject to discipline for ‘discrimination,’” the lawsuit alleges.

“Jack Doe is nervous about having to think about every statement or action and its potential sexual connotations to third parties before interacting with students and teachers, and the prospect of having to interact in such an uncertain environment creates significant distress to the point that it adversely affects his ability to participate in and benefit from the educational program.”

School officials threatened to suspend students for engaging in discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation or even gender expression.

“Jack Doe is particularly distressed about the board’s decision to add ‘gender identity’ to the nondiscrimination policy and to the student code of conduct because ‘gender identity’ is not defined in either the policy or the code, so Jack Doe has no idea what words or conduct might be interpreted as discriminating on the basis of ‘gender identity,’ and therefore does not know what speech or conduct might subject him to discipline, including suspension,” the claim explains.

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From "Virginia School Sued for Illegally Changing Nondiscrimination Policy" by Liberty Counsel 12/21/15

. . . The school board’s actions are unequivocally prohibited by Virginia Code §§1-248, 15.2-965 and under Dillon’s Rule, which prevents local governing bodies, including school boards, from including groups beyond what has been defined as a protected class by the General Assembly. The school board’s law should be automatically found void and reversed.

This lawsuit names the school board in its official capacity and is brought on behalf of Andrea Lafferty, President of Traditional Values Coalition, who is a resident and taxpayer of Fairfax, and also an anonymous family who are taxpayers in Fairfax County and have a minor who is a student in the Fairfax school district. These clients requested anonymity out of fear of retaliation from pro-homosexual activists, which is commonly experienced in these cases.

“It was the reckless, unlawful conduct of the school board that brought unnecessary legal costs upon the district. A school board should be focusing on providing for its students and teachers - not incurring expenses for illegal activities.” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “The strength of America’s foundation is that no school may disregard our laws. Just as a board should be punished for removing ‘race’ or ‘religion’ from its nondiscrimination clause, it is equally liable for punishment for adding groups that are not recognized by Virginia law.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Gender Redefined by New York City Law; Biology Be Damned

And read Transgenderism is a 'Delusion' According to Victims and Professionals