Feds to Pull $6 Million from School for Not Allowing Boy in Girls’ Showers
Transgender student’s two-year lawsuit against his high school for being barred from sex-assigned locker rooms could result in total loss of the school district’s federal funding, authorities concluded on Monday.
After the unidentified student filed a complaint with the the U.S. Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the OCR made a ruling requiring the school district to allow unrestricted access to all sex-assigned locker rooms and showers before and after physical education classes and after school activities.
Palatine’s Township High School District 211 said that it will not allow the student access to the girls’ locker rooms, but it will offer private accommodations instead.
“After serious and lengthy consideration,” Daniel E. Cates, the superintendent of the high school district in Palatine, Illinois, announced in a press release, “the District will continue to provide private accommodations for transgender students to ensure a respectful school environment, and will not allow unrestricted access to its locker rooms as directed by OCR.”
The student is allegedly a biological male who has been living as a girl for a few years. Cates had said that allowing the student to shower with girls would not be in the best interest of the female students’ privacy rights, and he does not intend to give in to authorities’ demands.
However, on Monday, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights found “a preponderance of evidence” that the Palatine school officials had discriminated against the student on the basis of sex, violating Title IX. The OCR also criticized the school district for causing the student to experience “an ongoing sense of isolation and ostracism throughout her high school enrollment at the school” by not allowing him access to the girls’ locker rooms.
“Student A has not only received an unequal opportunity to benefit from the District’s educational program, but has also experienced an ongoing sense
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