The little girl’s feelings and beliefs play no part in their decision making. Theirs is a higher calling. If progressivism must steamroll a few young women on the road to progress, so be it.
Every battle sees collateral damage. She should be honored to be collateral damage in the name of the progressive agenda.
The fact that the school administrators thought it best not to inform the parents tells you all you need to know.
Todd Starnes: An 11-year-old girl was told by her school to share a bed with a transgender child during an overnight school trip. The girl was so terrified she hid in a closet and called her parents for help.
Joe and Serena Wailes say at no time did Jefferson County Public Schools alert them that their fifth grade daughter would be sleeping in the same bed with a boy.
Alliance Defending Freedom is representing the family and they sent a letter to the district warning that its policy of hiding information from parents and lying to students is unconstitutional.
As ADF attorneys explain in their letter, throughout the evening, the male student’s privacy and feelings were the only concern of JCPS employees. The Waileses want to ensure that all students’ privacy and feelings are considered, and notifying parents of the JCPS overnight policy would accomplish that. Instead, JCPS hides the information from parents disregarding student privacy and parental rights.
School policy states that students who identify as the opposite sex should be “assigned to share overnight accommodations with other students that share the student’s gender identity consistently asserted at school.” The policy also demands that “under no circumstance” should a student who identifies as the opposite sex be required to share a room with students of the same sex.
But as ADF attorneys explain in the letter, that provision is not equally extended to other students like the Waileses’ daughter who does not want to share a room with a student of the opposite sex. ADF attorneys note how this policy violates the Waileses’ religious beliefs, the parental rights of all parents in the district, and the privacy rights of all students.
“Parents, not the government, have the right to direct the upbringing and education of their children, and that includes making informed decisions to protect their child’s privacy,” said ADF Senior Counsel Kate Anderson, director of the ADF Center for Parental Rights.
“Schools should never hide information from parents, yet that’s exactly what JCPS officials did here. And that put the Waileses’ 11-year-old daughter in a very challenging situation where she had to choose between sleeping in the same bed with a biological boy and advocating for her privacy in front of her teachers and peers,” she added. “Understandably, the Wailes family is asking JCPS to cease its practice of intentionally withholding information about rooming accommodations from parents. Every parent should have the information needed to make the best decision for their children.”