When a Pennsylvania student complained to his high school about a girl wearing nothing but shorts and a bra changing with him in the locker room, he received an unbelievable reply.
According to The Associated Press, Boyertown Area High School Assistant principal E. Wayne Foley told the unnamed young man (identified in court papers as “Joel Doe”) to “tolerate” the situation and make it as “natural as possible,” because the girl was a transgender boy who identifies as male, and apparently her rights superseded those of her actual male peers.
Unsatisfied by the assistant principle’s response, “Joel Doe” filed a lawsuit Tuesday with the Eastern District of Pennsylvania federal court. The suit may be read on the website for the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative group representing the young man.
“Our laws and customs have long recognized that we shouldn’t have to undress in front of persons of the opposite sex,” ADF legal counselor Kellie Fiedorek said, according to the AP. “But now some schools are forcing our children into giving up their privacy rights.”
If you thought this boy’s complaints might have made some LGBT activists rethink their positions, you thought terribly wrong.
Eliza Byard, executive director of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, claimed that the situation could have been resolved more easily if the school had simply set up a special bathroom for students who feel uneasy around transgender students.
“It might make another student uncomfortable and in that case, there is a common sense legal remedy of providing separate accommodations to the student who feels uncomfortable,” she stated.
So her solution was for “Joel Doe” and others like him to inconvenience themselves to make life a little easier for the tiny minority of transgender students in America? Liberals often complain that conservatives lack empathy, but they really ought to look in the mirror sometime.
“It’s an egregious violation for the school to just brush off these students and tell them that their feelings don’t matter and to make it ‘as natural as they possibly can,’” noted attorney Randall Wenger of the Independence Law Center, which was also representing the boy, according to Philadelphia station KYW.
He was right. Minority rights matter, of course. But when minority rights begin to infringe on the rights of the majority, that presents a problem — a big problem.
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