Illinois School District Refuses to Allow Boy in Girls’ Locker Room, Defying Obama Administration

locker roomCHICAGO — A school district in the Chicago area is remaining steadfast in its refusal to allow a male student who identifies as female to change in the girls’ locker room despite an opinion from the U.S. Department of Education that the district is violating federal law.

According to reports, an unidentified high school student within Township High School District 211 requested to use the girls’ locker room nearly two years ago since the student asserts that they identify as female.

But the district declined, citing the privacy concerns of the other students. It in turn offered the student a private location to change, but the student rejected the accommodation. He then contacted the American Civil Liberties Union, which in turn filed a federal complaint with the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.

“They are telling a student that she can’t be with her friends at school but has to be relegated to a separate place to dress. That’s just a horrible thing to do,” John Knight, director of ACLU Illinois’ LGBT program, told the Daily Herald.

The Department of Education responded by opining that the district had to permit the student to use the locker room of his choice due to Title IX requirements.

But the district continues to refuse, and recently went public with the matter to outline its viewpoint.

“After serious and lengthy consideration, 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,” it announced in a press release this month.

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The district said that it desired to “to protect the privacy rights of all students when changing clothes or showering before or after physical education and after-school activities, while also providing accommodations necessary to meet the unique needs of individual students.”

“We believe that we would be compromising other students’ privacy if we did this. We do not believe we are discriminating,” Superintendent Daniel Cates added to the Daily Herald. “They are asking us to have opposite-sex students in the same open area of the locker room and showers. We do not do that.”

The district acknowledges that litigation or enforcement action may result from its decision, including the loss of $6 million in federal funding.

“District 211 has provided individual accommodations in a manner that does not infringe on the privacy concerns of other students, and it will continue to do so,” it said in it its statement. “It is the district’s position that OCR’s unilateral mandate does not consider the best interests of all District 211 students and their families.”

The ACLU remarked that now the government has spoken, it could lay the groundwork for schools nationwide.

“Having a finding and analysis from the Department of Education specific to locker rooms will certainly have a national impact in terms of telling school districts around the country what they should be doing,” Knight said.


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  • MamaBear

    Good for the school district in seeking to uphold the rights of the majority of students while coming up with what most people would see as a reasonable accommodation for the transgender student. Pity the federal government refuses to see or uphold the rights of the girl students who would have to deal with a student who physically male.

    • alex

      My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these people for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was His fight for the world against these people’s poison. Today, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice… And if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly it is the distress that daily grows. For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people.

      • usnpao

        What the hell does this proselytizing response have to do with the article?!?!?! Don’t go away mad, just go away.

        • alex

          I’m just having fun with Christians. I don’t personally believe anything in that quote. I didn’t even write it. I’m all for that girl being treated like a girl and living her life the way she wants. We should all be allowed to live our lives the way we want. In so much that our individual beliefs never hurt another person. What was it that Thomas Jefferson said? I’m paraphrasing, but I believe it went something like: “Your rights end at the tip of the other man’s nose.” I don’t want what some loon that believes in an invisible sky daddy believes in to effect me or my children, but Christians time and time again demand that things be done their way and in the manner that their god dictates. It doesn’t work that way. Live with it. Also, bonus points if you know which historical figure said the extremely Christian things in the above quote. Hint: I replaced the word Jews with these people. That way crazies could agree with it in whatever context they see fit and not just in the original context. It’s an apt quote as I see many evangelicals say much the same things now a days. Just replacing Jews with whatever they feel like hating at this moment. Hate, can be a terrible thing and it’s often misplaced.

          • Thunderboy1

            That’s just ignorant. Even my atheist friends would be kicking that kid’s ass if he stepped foot in the locker room where their daughters were getting dressed. This isn’t about Christianity. It’s about decency and morality. If this BOY thinks he’s a girl, that’s all fine and dandy. But that doesn’t MAKE him a girl, and he has ZERO right being around the girls when they’re getting dressed. I praise the school for standing their ground and standing up for the vast majority of the ladies of that school.

          • alex

            So, I can gather that you and your friends support child abuse, when that child’s morals don’t match yours? Classy.

          • Thunderboy1

            It’s not child abuse when you kick a boy in the ass for invading the privacy of ladies. Maybe in your sick and twisted little realm of what you perceive as reality, it’s okay for boys to take a piss and a shower with the girls. But in the real world, and I think a majority of the planet would agree, it’s not. This has nothing to do with a child’s “morals” , you freaking idiot. it has to do with the boy’s self loathing and mentally ill self image disturbance. It’s a disease. And placating it doesn’t make it any better. You’re freaking stupid. Why am I even wasting my time on you?

          • alex

            I have no idea why you’re wasting your time on me.
            Also, in what world do you live in, that physically assaulting a minor isn’t child abuse? Threatening physical harm is exactly why I put a quote from Hitler on this site. Evangelicals can be violently hateful. I mean, look at you. Your first thought was of attacking a child. Good for you. You proved my point.
            You see, this “boy” doesn’t identify as male, but identifies as female instead. So, for all intents and purposes, this child is a girl. Dresses like a girl, acts like a girl and is known by everyone around them as a girl. Genitals aside, this child is a girl.
            Mental illness doesn’t play a part in this. Many, normal, we’ll adjusted people are LGBT. They just want to be treated like everyone else. Not hated or singled out for something they can’t control.

          • Jennifer

            “You see, this “boy” doesn’t identify as male, but identifies as female instead. So, for all intents and purposes, this child is a girl. Dresses like a girl, acts like a girl and is known by everyone around them as a girl. Genitals aside, this child is a girl.”

            Sorry, all delusions are lost with their penis is exposed in private female settings and no one gets to change the rules of nature based on preference. But it’s hateful to want to defend girls by keeping boys out? Idiots and imbeciles, how the radical left loves to change the rules on a whim: women have the right to kill late-term babies, but not change without a biological male around. And btw no one saw the ugly, wig-wearing and Adam’s apple bobbing boy in one of these cases as a girl.

          • singlemom_4

            A boy can’t act girl, that’s why it looks so unnatural. While I don’t agree with adults physically attacking children, I do agree with Alex statement that this kid is suffering from psychological and poor self-esteem issues, and giving into his demented demands won’t change that fact. Mental problems should be handled by psychologist and therapists, not by allowing some kid who is confused about his gender to violate the rights of 12,000 biological girls, in allowing him to invade their rights to dress, undress, and shower in a safe environment with others who are the same gender as they are. They have the implicit right to such protections as their privacy. The school offered a great compromise for his dilemma, and he chose to reject it. Why? Because he wants to push his beliefs onto others and force them to accept that. He can be transgendered, but society doesn’t have to be forced into a corner just so he can feel good about himself. And that’s what all of this gay and transgendered stuff is about anyway—feelings! Gee-whiz! get some help! The psychological kind of help, and let society be normal.

          • Janice Archer Weaver

            Alex: Call it whatever you like. You put a boy and his parts in a Southern Man’s daughter’s locker room and he will take care of business, and if need be take care of the boy’s father!

          • alex

            Another “Christian” advocating violence. Congratulations. I’m glad everyone here is willing to be as violent as Jesus demonstrated he was. Oh, wait.

          • Janice Archer Weaver

            Alex: I’m not advocating anything. I’m just telling you that if some guy gets into a shower with these men’s daughters, they will handle it in the manner they deem appropriate. Just sayin’.

          • Jennifer

            It’s child abuse to push boys and girls together that way, jerk wad.

          • alex

            Wow. Name calling. This makes your bigoted argument more valid. Congratulations.
            So, because you don’t understand how a male or female can actually not identify as that gender, but identify as the other, you want to single out that individual and discriminate against them. Way to go. Keep on discriminating. It’s really making the whole world really look up to and respect evangelical Christian bigots.
            Maybe you should do what Jesus would do. Love thy neighbor. Also, don’t judge someone unless you are willing to be judged. While you’re at it, look for someone without sin so they can cast your stones for you.
            I love you bigoted, hypocritical Christians. You make may day. 🙂

          • singlemom_4

            This is not about Christianity, it’s about morality. He doesn’t get to violate the privacy and rights of 12,000 other girls. He’s discriminating against their rights. I’m glad the school is standing against this type of BULLYING from the LGBTIQ community. Bravo for them!!!👏👏👏👏👏

          • alex

            Define morality for me. Do you mean your morality? Obviously yiu fail to understand the principle of being born one gender doesn’t mean you have to act or behave in the manner that others assign to said gender. Being a male, doesn’t mean you have to be sexually attracted to only females or any female at all. Being male doesn’t mean you have to only wear clothes from the “Men’s department”.
            You and others like you are trying to assert your narrow minded definition of what gender is onto this child, but that’s not how this works. This child and everyone else in the LGBT community has rights and thank goodness the federal government is on her side.
            This “bullying” as you call it, is only people standing up for their rights. I guess some saw women’s suffrage as bullying, but now women can vote. I quess some say the civil rights movement as bullying from minorities. Screw those minorities for wanting the same basic rights as everyone else. You people make me sick.

          • Janice Archer Weaver

            When the male child becomes a man and his brain is fully developed, if he still thinks he’s a woman, fully become a woman. How do I know this kid is not saying he’s a woman just to get in the shower with my naked daughter?

          • Thunderboy1

            Being male means being born with a penis. That’s how all mammal species are sexed. Rabbits, squirrels, dogs, horses, gazelles, and even humans. We’re male because we have male reproductive equipment. Otherwise, we’re female. It’s that simple. Whether or not we IDENTIFY as male is irrelevant. Maybe you’re just stupid.

  • afchief

    In the past seven years, 0bama — and his aides, abettors, and agent-provocateurs in media, academia, and industry — went about busily upending American laws, culture, ethics and institutions. With this, 0bama dismantled our meritocracy, and ushered-in alien values and processes into our system of government, and unilaterally called it “American values.” The destabilizing effect of all this activity may be best discussed in another forum, but suffice to say our survivability as a Nation has never been more at risk than now.

    When I was in high school, I didn’t realize that when I was reading 1984 and Atlas Shrugged that I would be living through the plots of those books as an adult.

    Great summation of the Traitor-in-Chief.

    • Josey

      We can’t forget to hold congress responsible as well for allowing these laws to be broken, changed, he should have been impeached!

      • Nidalap

        The rot extends through all three branches of government. Spreading throughout the citizenry like a plague too…

      • afchief

        Congress are a bunch of cowards!!! They will not impeach 0bama because they are afraid of the riots most of the blacks will start.

    • xinthose

      at least it means Jesus is coming back soon; God help us

      • Frank Riley

        2033 if the timeline is right. Jesus died at 33 and the world was given 2000 years to sort themselves out. Let’s see what happens.

        • disqus_Q0uKiwoGOO

          Lolololol000ol

        • xinthose

          I have never heard that theory before; thanks

          • Frank Riley

            It was one of my studies but the only problem is the modern calendar and how accurate it is. Was zero the start of Christ’s life? There is debate that it was not.

          • alex

            Was Jesus ever even a real person? All signs point to know. Buddha can be proven, Mohammed can be proven, but Jesus only existed in a book. Good luck waiting for Jesus to come back and save you from the evil LGBT people.

        • Thunderboy1

          You do understand that our calendar is off by 7 years, right?

    • Janice Archer Weaver

      How would Obama feel if some boy, posing as a girl, tried to get in the shower with his girls?

  • Acts238toBsaved

    I am just so proud of this school district for its decision. What is so “horrible”. the boy has a private bathroom to use and can take his friends there if he wants. What is so horrible is that no one seems to care about the other students privacy in the bathrooms. Lets help all our children, they have a tough enough time in school without this! Anyway, he sounds more like a pedophile looking to sue everyone.

    • usnpao

      Um… He’s a high school student who would be among other high school students in the girl’s locker room. I don’t think pedophile means what you think it means.

  • Josey

    I have a grand daughter in school and I certainly wouldn’t want her subjected to guys who claim to be other than what they are, he still has his male parts and should not be allowed or any guy into the girl’s locker room. I cannot believe the government has a problem understanding this! It just shows their perversion from what is common sense and right. Thank God this school district understands this!

  • Reason2012

    “But the district declined, citing the privacy concerns of the other students.”

    Bingo. The demands of one person does not override the privacy and rights of 50% of the student population. Girls have a right to be able to change in a girls’ locker room in private without a person who has male genitals (read: a boy) in there watching them.

    • disqus_Q0uKiwoGOO

      Utter tripe.

      • alex

        Actually, some people eat tripe. I don’t think I can stomach Reason’s comment.

      • Jennifer

        Yes, these “feelings make wombs” beliefs are utter junk.

  • Nidalap

    The superpower of common sense still pops up here and there! 🙂

  • Susan

    I wouldn’t want to be in there with HIM either. Real girls have civil rights, too!

    • disqus_Q0uKiwoGOO

      The girls are bummed that their friend has to change elsewhere and aren’t arsed about her genitals.

      • Susan

        I don’t see where any of the girls were interviewed, let alone all of them who would be forced to share a locker room with him.

      • Jennifer

        LOL I’m sure they wish “she” could watch them change.

  • best9rfan

    If you have a vagina, you are a female; if you have a penis, you are a male. Identify yourself as female if you have a vagina and male if you have a penis. Boys should not want to go into the girls locker room/restroom and girls should not want to go into the boys locker room/restroom. All a person wants to do is hope to see someone of the opposite sex partially to fully naked.

    If you are a guy, wait until you have a wife, then see her naked; if you are a girl, wait until you have a husband, then see him naked. Once you are married, which can only happen to someone of the opposite sex, it is completely ok and acceptable to see your spouse naked, because that is expected to happen, seeing your spouse naked.

    • Frank Riley

      Initial part not strictly true as if a male has the penis removed and the wound is shaped as a vagina he doesn’t become a female as he is not given a womb, tubes and ovaries. People tend to forget that when they talk sex change.

      • best9rfan

        Good point, Frank, re: forgetting about the womb, tubes and ovaries when receiving a sex change.

  • Frank Riley

    It is interesting to note that the writer is not sure of the sex as constantly changes from he to she during the article.

    • Unionville

      The author only refers to the boy as a he but when the author is quoting others, she quotes them verbatim and they are the ones who are using the term she.

      • Frank Riley

        Point noted but the Civil Liberties Union needs to be disbanded as it cannot accept that a boy does not become a girl by having the penis removed; he becomes an it, no gender, as the process does not install womb, tubes and ovaries needed to become female.

        • singlemom_4

          His chromosomes still say male no matter how much the transgendered changes the outer packaging. I hope the school remains vigilant.

          • alex

            There is a reason why its called gender identity and not just gender. This individual identifies as female. Gender is no longer looked at by what’s between your legs, but by what is in the person’s heart. Genitalia doesn’t matter as much as it used to. I mean, I guess it does to narrow minded bigots that only see the world the way they want and damn the others.

          • Frank Riley

            That’s crap, you are what you were born and personal likes and dislikes don’t come into it. The narrow minded bigots, as you call them, haven’t lowered their morals to suit the mindless few.

          • alex

            I don’t understand what you mean by the mindless few. It’s my understanding that most people in the western countries support the LGBT people that live in their nations. The people that seem to have the most trouble affording equal rights to anyone in the LGBT community are evangelical Christians on the far right. Well, Christians and Muslims and other people who’s invisible sky father tell them its wrong. Religious bigots, are the minority. Learn to live with others, regardless of who they are our how they identify. Other Christians can do it, so can you. Love your neighbor and all that.

          • Frank Riley

            To give a right to somebody you have to take rights away from others. That I will not accept for any reason. Your understanding that MOST people support the Perverted group you call LGBT is fiction. Would I be right in thinking you are one of them?

          • alex

            You’re actually assuming wrong. I’m a straight male, married to a woman and currently we have a child on the way. I just honestly don’t see why people hate others, especially people from the right or evangelicals, hating LGBT people. Honestly, the hate is childish. Let them live the way they want and just leave them alone. This poor child, just wants to live the way that is best for them. As a girl. Everything they do is as a girl. It’s only bigots that want to harass or harm this person and who are refusing to see them the way they want to be seen.

        • disqus_Q0uKiwoGOO

          Do you actually believe that all the women you know have a womb, uterus and ovaries?

          You would be wrong in thinking this, and you would probably deeply insult and degrade some of the women that you love for having been born with a birth defect, or having lost ovaries/womb to illness and operations.

    • disqus_Q0uKiwoGOO

      She is a girl. The quotes recognise this and the writer is a bigot not able to see beyond the short length of his own member.

    • usnpao

      You are wrong. The author used appropriate grammar and AP style. He used only one pronoun in the entire article in the sentence, “He then contacted the American Civil Liberties Union…” All other pronouns were direct quotes from those interviewed.

  • Mark Wilder

    Sounds like a smart kid trying to take advantage of the system for a big lawsuit. Also sounds like an intelligent decision by the school. Hope this plays out the right way. The girls deserve their privacy also but our immoral government will keep trying to force this issue with moneys provided by the LGBT community.

  • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

    The unnamed student must be from the internet. He’s a GIRL (guy in real life), shouts loudly, and protests his right to do as he pleases. He doesn’t much care who suffers for his pleasures.

    • disqus_Q0uKiwoGOO

      She is a girl with the same rights as any other.

      • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

        And I’m a panda.

        • TheChronoTrigger

          Well let’s throw the guy some bamboo.

      • usnpao

        No, he is anatomically a boy. He has a penis and it needs to stay out of the girl’s locker room.

      • E Q

        Not at the expense of anyone else’s rights.

      • Thunderboy1

        I bet if I kicked HER in the balls hard enough, SHE’D be willing to guard them next time I come around!!

      • Jennifer

        You are such an errant, deluded fool.

  • crusader51

    Now if all schools, businesses, churches and everyone else would ignore the SCOTUS rulings and lobby congress to get busy and pass some legislation to protect the 97% of normal people it would be nice…..

  • MarkT.

    Another reason to take your kids out of the government indoctrination system and school them at home. If you can’t home school, then find a good Christian school to send them to.

  • alex

    My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these people for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was His fight for the world against these people’s poison. Today, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice… And if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly it is the distress that daily grows. For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people.

  • Mary F Walker

    He still has a penis and I stand with the school if I had a daughter I would not want her changing in a room with a boy with a penis disgusting..the school gave him a separate place to dress to accommodate him.that was the right thing to do and he is a whiny little asshole. I have 4 grandaughters and I would not want them to have him change in there changing room and be changing in a room with one male and have to see a boy with a penis..

  • disqus_Q0uKiwoGOO

    It’s disgusting and shameful that this bigoted, stilted article continues to misgender the girl.

    • usnpao

      Not sure what you mean, The only girls in this article are the ones having their privacy rights trampled and they were gendered quite appropriately throughout.

  • Janice Archer Weaver

    I’m from the south and I’d feel sorry for some boy, deciding to be a girl, trying to get in a shower with any daughter of men around here. They wouldn’t have to make a decision whether to have their genitalia removed, that decisions would be made for them!

  • Frank Riley

    One idiot suggests that I don’t know that not all women have all their organs. Incorrect. Due to medical misadventure my wife had organs removed, however, if you read my script correctly I defined the parameters I was talking about. When a male has his penis removed it doesn’t make him female other than in his own mind, he remains a surgically modified male. We had a male sex worker here and he wanted sex face to face with his male partners so went whole hog to accomplish this. He became Minister for Women’s Affairs in a Labour Government and promoted gay rights at the expense of decent people. Is he a female. NEVER. It is a sad reflection of the times.