Court Outcome Will Determine If West Virginia’s H.S. Girls Will Be Forced to Stay in Same Hotel Room With Men

shutterstock_155786744_810_500_55_s_c1A Virginia school board asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to block a transgender male from using the boys restroom when he comes back to school in September until the high court decides whether to review the case.

Will other West Virginia county school boards join Marion County in adopting President Obama’s guidelines on transgendered students? Those guidelines would force female students to stay in the same hotel room on school trips or even in the same bed with males who identify as females when four “girls” are assigned to the same room?

Marion BOE member, “We aren’t going to lose four million dollars over this. I wan’t to see the West Virginia Attorney General give us back the four million if we don’t go along with the President.”

Allen Whitt, President of The Family Policy Council of West Virginia commented,  “That kind of monetary valuation of a young woman’s modesty and privacy by an elected member of a school board is disgusting.”

Well if the Supreme Court decides against the Virginia school board then it won’t matter if they choose to follow the voluntary guidelines. At that point West Virginia students would be under a federal court ruling. The Court’s ruling would force every West Virginia public school to comply or lose federal funding. That’s about 10% of their revenue and most could not operate at their current levels without those funds. This is the most serious threat to our American and state culture from the Obama administration to date and we can’t make this sound any scarier than it actually is.

If Hillary Clinton becomes president then her judicial appointments will certainly solidify this destructive policy impacting the safety and privacy of all of our students. Local school boards would be forced to openly rebel and have monies withheld. But many school board members in West Virginia, like one Marion County school board member quoted here, have already put a price on a young girl’s safety. “We aren’t going to lose four million dollars over this. I wan’t to see the West Virginia Attorney General give us back the four million if we don’t go along with the President.” Patrick Morrissey recently sent a letter to each school board vowing to defend any board that chooses to follow common sense and ignore President Obama’s mere suggestions on transgendered student policy.

Allen Whitt, President of The Family Policy Council of West Virginia commented,  “That kind of monetary valuation of a young woman’s modesty and privacy by an elected member of a school board is disgusting.” “The legislature must pass a state law that gives local citizens the ability to recall their own officials in local special elections.”

Most states have a process, after acquiring a percentage of registered voters’ signatures on a petition, to demand a special election to attempt to recall any public official behaving recklessly or who has made decisions not in the best interest of the public. Right now West Virginia is one of the few states where our citizens don’t have the right to recall an official with a special election.

Excerpted from a Fox News article today:

A Virginia school board asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to block a transgender male from using the boys restroom when he comes back to school in September until the high court decides whether to review the case.

The Gloucester County School Board filed an emergency appeal with Chief Justice John Roberts in an attempt to prevent Gavin Grimm from using the bathroom that aligns with his gender identity when school resumes in fall, saying it will “put parents’ constitutional rights in jeopardy.”

“Depriving parents of any say over whether their children should be exposed to members of the opposite biological sex, possibly in a state of full or complete undress, in intimate settings deprives parents of their right to direct the education and upbringing of their children,” attorneys for the school board wrote.

They added that it would be “natural to assume” that parents may decide to pull their children out of school because of it.

Josh Block, an ACLU attorney representing Grimm in the case, said his legal team is prepared to file a response if and when the Supreme Court requests one.

“It is sad that the school board members and their lawyers have so little regard for the impact their misguided actions are having on a real teenager’s life,” Claire Guthrie Gastanaga, executive director of the ACLU of Virginia, said in a statement. “We will continue to stand with Gavin and other young people suffering such cruelties and indignities.”

Grimm’s case is not unique: More than a dozen states have sued the federal government over its requirement that public schools allow transgender students to use restrooms conforming to their gender identity.

There are also court cases pending over a North Carolina law that requires transgender people to use public bathrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate.

However, this is the first transgender restroom case to reach the Supreme Court. The ruling would decide whether prohibitions of sex discrimination extend to gender identity, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Grimm was born a female, but identifies as a male. He was allowed to use the boys restroom at the school for several weeks in 2014. But after some parents started to complain, the school board adopted a policy that forced students to use either the restroom that corresponds to their biological genderor a private, single-stall restroom.

Grimm sued the school board, arguing that it violated federal education discrimination laws by forbidding him from using the boys bathroom.

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Grimm in April, saying the federal judge who previously rejected Grimm’s Title IX discrimination claim ignored a U.S. Department of Education rule that transgender students in public schools must be allowed to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity. The court reinstated Grimm’s Title IX claim and sent it back to the district court for further consideration.

The school board wants the Supreme Court to put Grimm’s district court case on hold until the justices decide whether to review the appeals court decision. The board says it plans to file its petition for Supreme Court review by late August.

Chief Justice Roberts can act on the school board’s request alone or ask the full court to consider it. If he chooses the latter, the school board must convince five justices to be successful.

The Obama administration issued a directive in May on bathroom use by transgender students, urging educators to allow students to use the bathroom and locker room that aligns with their gender identity.