School puts student privacy above loss of $1M
An Ohio school district has joined other school districts nationwide in suing the Departments of Education and Justice over the federal policy requiring schools to allow students access to bathrooms of the opposite sex.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Matt Sharp reports the Highland Local School District went out of its way to accommodate the needs of a transgender student. But he says they drew the line when the transgender boy wanted to use the girls’ facilities.
“And so the school said [it] can’t allow that – [it has] to protect the privacy and safety of other students,” he explains. “But that wasn’t good enough for the federal government. And so now they’re threatening the school with a loss of over $1.1 million in federal funding.”
Sharp says the loss of federal funds would be devastating to some of the critical programs the district offers certain students.
“[That] funding goes to such things as free and reduced lunches to help needy kids,” he says. “It goes to special education programs and a variety of other things that are very important to the school. But none of that matters to the federal government.”
ADF attorneys have filed two other lawsuits, one in Illinois and one in North Carolina, against the DOE and DOJ over their attempts to rewrite Title IX.