Students’ right to privacy? Feds say no

Oct 29, 2015 by

A Chicago-area school district is trying to ensure the privacy of all students when it comes to the use of bathrooms and shower areas, but the Obama administration is intruding on that plan.

The federal Office of Civil Rights is demanding that Township High School District 211 (Palatine, Illinois) open its bathrooms and showers to members of the opposite sex. Peter Breen of the Thomas More Society says such a demand puts an undue burden on students.

“Kids have enough to deal with nowadays,” he says. “They shouldn’t have to deal with worrying about whether they are changing in front of a member of the opposite sex, as some of the young ladies in district 211 have had to worry about over the past year or two.”

The attorney says this push by the feds is more about an ideology and a political agenda than it is about fairness to students.

“The dispute really comes down to this: Are we going to push a political agenda on our children? Or are we going to respect their privacy and try to help them through what is often a difficult period of puberty, focusing on their educational priorities instead of pushing these political agendas?”

Last week, Breen’s firm and Alliance Defending Freedom sent a joint statement to district officials, explaining the district has a right to maintain policies keeping opposite-sex students out of sex-specific areas.


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