An Illinois school district is under fire by federal authorities after forcing a transgender student to use a privacy curtain while changing in the girls’ locker room!
According to reports, the Township High School 211 student was allowed to play on a girls’ sports team — but was mandated to change and shower separately from her teammates.
Now, the Department of Education stepped in, stating that the school has violated anti-discrimination laws for singling out a particular student for required use of privacy curtains!
Catherine Lhamon (shown above), the department’s assistant secretary for civil rights, said in a statement:
“Unfortunately, Township High School District 211 is not following the law because the district continues to deny a female student the right to use the girls’ locker room.”
But even after being called out by the feds, the school district is defending its policy, responding in a statement:
“We do not agree with (the DOE’s) decision and remain strong in our belief that the District’s course of action, including private changing stations in our locker rooms, appropriately serves the dignity and privacy of all students in our educational environment.”
We get that the school is trying to make the best of a situation in not every parent or student is fully educated on, but there has to be a better answer than ostracizing a student from the rest of her team!
The district has been given 30 days to come up with a solution or it could lose its Title IX funding — so we’ll see what happens!
Do YOU think the school district should change its policy?
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