A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against an Oregon school district’s policy that allows transgender students to use locker rooms and bathrooms of the gender they identify with instead of their birth sex.
Some parents and students at a high school in Dallas, Oregon, said in the lawsuit that the policy caused “embarrassment, humiliation, anxiety, intimidation, fear, apprehension, and stress produced by using the restroom with students of the opposite sex.”
In his 56-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez said “high school students do not have a fundamental privacy right to not share school restrooms, lockers, and showers with transgender students whose biological sex is different than theirs.“
Really? Since when did American high school students lose their privacy rights? When did the Fourth Amendment get repealed?
When human beings engage in certain intimate activities (getting naked to shower, for instance), there used to be an expectation of privacy — as in, not having biological girls and boys in the same locker rooms.
The lawsuit was triggered by the Dallas School District’s decision to allow student Elliot Yoder, a transgender boy, to use boys’ facilities. The school has a gender-neutral bathroom that Yoder used for changing before gym, and he asked to use the boys’ facilities because it was two floors from the locker room. Other students noticed when he left to change.
Brook Shelley of Basic Rights Oregon said Tuesday’s ruling sends a clear message to school districts that transgender students deserve as safe and affirming an education as every other student.
What about the vast majority of students? Don’t they deserve the same thing? Because when you grant special rights to some, you necessarily take them away from others.
This is lunacy on steroids.
We can only hope POTUS Trump continues to appoint sensible people to federal judgeships around the country.