A physical education teacher in Florida was punished for refusing to oversee a biologically female middle schooler who identifies as male potentially get undressed in the boys’ locker room. The school, stunningly, allowed the female student to have access to the boys’ locker room without so much as informing the male students who would be sharing the locker room with the girl or the students’ parents.
According to a complaint letter from Liberty Counsel to Pasco County School District, the female student caught “boys (literally) with their pants down, causing them embarrassment and concern by the fact that they had been observed changing by an obvious girl,” reports The Federalist.
Teachers and administrators were barred from speaking about the transgender policy, and when a male P.E. teacher refused to supervise the boys’ locker room with the female student, he was reprimanded and told he would be transferred to a different school:
“With a ‘gag order,’ school administrators forbade teachers from talking about the change, and ordered a male P.E. teacher to supervise the potentially undressed girl in the Chasco Middle School locker room,” the letter says. When he refused to “knowingly place himself in a position to observe a minor female in the nude or otherwise in a state of undress,” administrators told him “he will be transferred to another school as discipline for ‘not doing your job in the locker room.'”
According to Liberty Counsel attorney Richard Mast, the male teacher, who is also a coach at the school, was first threatened to be put on administrative leave via email; he was informed that his refusal to oversee a potentially undressed female in the locker room would “not be tolerated.”
Parents within the district “have yet to be informed by the school of this situation,” says the law firm, according to The Federalist, and the female student is still using the boys’ locker room. Despite the initial September incident, then legal contact in October, the elected board for the district with 70,500 students has so far taken no action and administrators have refused to budge,” the report notes.
“Unfortunately these things are going on across the country, primarily with school psychologists and guidance counselors,” Mast said. The attorney underscored the pervasive nature of schools neglecting to inform parents of implemented transgender policies, such as students using bathrooms and locker rooms based on so-called “gender identity” as opposed to biological sex.
According to The Federalist, the Pasco County School District implemented the transgender policies (without informing parents) after they hired “LGBT liaison” Jackie Jackson-Dean. The school’s LGBT best practices guide, of which Jackson-Dean was the “primary author,” indicates that “transgender pronouns, locker room, bathroom, dress code, and sports access are a student’s ‘right,'” the report says. Additionally, according to the LGBT liaison, “schools have an obligation to not disclose the student’s transgender status to other students or parents unless the student has provided explicit permission to do so.”
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