CV NEWS FEED // The parents of four female students sued a Michigan school district for a pro-“trans” policy that allowed boys to use the girls’ bathroom at school.
According to National Review, the suit was filed “in the district court for the Western District of Michigan last week.” It accuses “the district, its superintendent, assistant superintendent, and two principals of seven civil rights and Title IX violations.”
The lawsuit accused the district of “the intentional violation of children’s fundamental right to bodily privacy contrary to constitutional and statutory principles, including the Fourteenth Amendment.”
“Although Plaintiffs are hard-working, high achieving students,” the suit said, “the school has discriminated against them and violated their privacy rights by allowing male students to dress as girls and use the girls’ multi-user private restrooms and locker rooms.”
The suit continued:
In some situations, it has caused Plaintiffs and other biologically female students to be fearful, to stay away from the girls’ restrooms and locker rooms, to hold their urine the entire day, and on at least one occasion cause one of the Plaintiffs significant embarrassments during her menstrual cycle because she was fearful of using the girls’ restroom.
National Review provided more background information on the case:
When female students informed administrators at Vicksburg High School that there were males exposing themselves in the restroom, the administrators said, “It’s fine,” adding that the female students should “tolerate it” and make the situation as “natural” as possible. School officials told the girls to “look away,” according to the lawsuit.
On one occasion, a biological male “stared down” one of the female students in a “threatening manner, as if [she] was the one in the wrong restroom, causing [her] to fear for her safety.”
The school board president responded to the situation, stating:
The district recognizes that providing students with a safe and supportive educational environment is of the utmost importance. The district’s policies prohibit discrimination, bullying and harassment on the basis of sex, which includes sexual orientation and gender identity.
School policies that allow male students who “identify” as “trans” have received more scrutiny from parents in the past few years. Many parents were especially alarmed following the rape of a 15-year-old female student by a skirt-wearing male student in the girls’ bathroom of a Loudoun County, Virginia school. The local school board there was outspokenly in favor of “trans” policies at school.
The rape and the Loudoun County school board’s subsequent cover-up of the incident became a national news story in 2021 and helped bring the fight for parental rights to the forefront across the country. It was also considered a turning point in helping Republican Glenn Youngkin win that year’s Virginia gubernatorial election.