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-Students Use of Opposite-Sex Restrooms Violates Privacy Rights?

by Dr. D ~ May 20th, 2014

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(Louisville, Kentucky: Wikipedia)


This school year California literally opened the door to students who want to use opposite-sex restrooms. Now a high school in Kentucky has approved a similar rule but there are real concerns about competing ‘rights.’ Here’s the story from Citizen Link:

A Kentucky high school has approved a so-called non-discrimination policy following a request from one of its students. Born a boy, a young man believes himself to be a girl and has asked to use the girls restroom.

The principal at Atherton High School in Louisville has agreed to designate one of the girls restrooms for the student to use.

At a public meeting, parent, David Kelty, said he is still unhappy with the new policy.

“The concerns of one student,” he said, “are being given more weight and legitimacy than the concerns of many other members of Atherton.”

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Response: One of the problems ignored by the supporters of this policy is the obvious battle of competing rights inherent within it. In this case the rights of one student is ultimately intruding on the possible rights of all of the rest. All students should have a right to privacy in the bathrooms and locker rooms but that right is superseded by this policy. Here is a quote from a letter written by attorneys from the Alliance Defending Freedom sent to Jefferson County Public Schools concerning this policy:

“Permitting students to use opposite-sex restrooms and changing areas would seriously endanger student safety, undermine parental authority, and severely impair an environment conducive to learning,” the letter states. “These dangers are so clear-cut that a school district allowing such activity would clearly expose itself—and its teachers—to tort liability.”

Sometimes school and government officials make ‘feel good’ policies that create a worse environment for the vast majority in order to supposedly help and support the concerns of one or a few. In this case and in others like it there may be competing rights that cannot be easily resolved if at all. The policy in this case does not take that into account and obviously needs to be reversed.             *Top

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