MO district defies federal transgender mandate: Keeps boys out of girls’ bathrooms

Dec 1, 2015 by

MARIONVILLE, Mo. – Across the nation, hundreds of school districts have been bowing to pressure from the Obama administration to allow transgender students to use the restroom or shower facility of their choice, regardless of their biological gender.

The administration has threatened to take away millions of dollars in federal funding from districts that refuse to comply, and that’s usually enough to gain the cooperation of local education officials.

But that’s not the case in a growing number of school districts in Missouri, where school boards are drawing the line at allowing biological boys to use girls restrooms and showers, and vice versa.

The latest Missouri district to take a stand was Marionville, according to the Springfield News-Leader.

As the newspaper summed it up, “Students can either use a gender-neutral bathroom or a bathroom designated for their biological sex. Students who participate in physical education classes that require using a locker room or shower are expected to use facilities designated for their biological gender, or they can take an alternative PE class that doesn’t require changing clothes or showering.”

trans bathThe Marionville school board acted on the advice of its attorney, Tom Mickes. He is contracted through Missouri Consultants for Education, a legal group that helps to create policies for many Missouri school districts, according to the News-Leader.

“Female students have a well-developed legal right to be secure in their body integrity. They have the right not to be naked in front of a male,” Mickes said, according to the News-Leader. “We are going to provide alternatives, but showering with them is not one of the options.”

Several other Missouri school districts have taken similar stands, including Fair Grove, Stockton, El Dorado Springs and Bernie, the newspaper reported.

Progressive organizations are reportedly up in arms over schools that refuse to be bullied into compliance by the Obama administration.

They insist the schools are violating Title IX anti-discrimination laws, but other legal scholars say there is no language in Title IX addressing transgender use of opposite sex restrooms or showers.

Sarah Rossie, an official with the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, said her organization offered to help Marionville school officials develop a policy more to their liking, but the offer was declined.

Rossie called the Marionville policy “blatant discrimination.”

Despite Rossie’s protests, there is clearly a lot of opposition to the idea of open restroom or shower use in Missouri, among parents and students.

In September, more than 100 students staged a walkout from Hillsboro High School (south of St. Louis) to protest the district’s decision to allow a boy who identifies as a girl to use girls restrooms and shower facilities, according to a story published by the New York Times.

A school board meeting in the district had to be moved to a larger venue because so many parents and other residents wanted to address the issue, the news report said.

The transgender student, Lila Perry, was quoted as saying, “I hope this dies down. I don’t want my entire senior year to be like this.”

Source: MO district defies federal transgender mandate: Keeps boys out of girls’ bathrooms – EAGnews.org

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