A teenage girl and her friends are suing their high school over transgender bathroom policy

By Jonathon Van Maren

Earlier this year, I interviewed Sohrab Ahmari, a writer over at Commentary magazine, on the story of Alexis Lightcap. Alexis is a 2018 graduate of the Boyertown Area High School in Pennsylvania, and she and several other students have recently asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their student privacy lawsuit after fighting their school on their transgender bathroom policy. The students are being represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, America’s most distinguished defender of religious freedom.

Alexis penned an editorial for USA Today last week explaining her decision to take her school to court:

Few students ever dream that they’ll sue their high school. But that is exactly what several of my peers and I had to do.

Our school is Boyertown Area High School in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, and my reason for suing was to restore the bodily privacy we used to enjoy in locker rooms and restrooms on campus. Now, we have asked the Supreme Court to review our case. 

I’m OK with the school district’s desire to hear voices other than mine on this issue. But I have a voice, too — and Boyertown officials have little interest in my perspective. They didn’t even bother to tell me or the other students that they changed school policy to allow students to choose their locker rooms and restrooms based not on their sex, but on their beliefs about their gender.

The moment I walked into our girls’ restroom and found a boy standing there, I turned and fled — the school’s surveillance video caught me running out. I tried to get the attention of administrators to explain to them how uncomfortable — how scared — I felt sharing the girls’ restroom with a boy. They wouldn’t listen. The principal simply wrote down my concerns on a Post-it note and said he’d contact me soon. He never did. Students deserve security, parents deserve knowledge

My parents were no less shocked by this new policy. Boyertown officials kept it a secret from them, too. The administrators never sent home a memo saying that, from now on, our school locker rooms would be open to students based on what sex students believed themselves to be.

Instead, our parents first learned of the policy when I found the boy in the girls’ restroom, and when others, like my classmates identified in the suit as Joel Doe and Jack Jones, were changing clothes in the boys’ locker room and looked up to find a girl changing clothes beside them.

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