A California school district has agreed to revise its policies and allow a female student who is “transitioning” to the male gender to use the boys' locker rooms and restrooms at her school. The Arcadia Unified School District caved in to the demands of the unnamed student's family only after the U.S. Department of Education intervened in the case, using the muscle of the Department of Justice to force the district to supposedly comply with the federal Title IX anti-discrimination law, an update to the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
On July 23, the school district signed on to an “agreement” with the Department of Education and the DOJ ensuring that the girl who identifies as a boy “will be treated like other male students while attending school in the district,” read a DOJ statement.
The Pasadena, California, Star-News reported that the student's parents filed a complaint with the DOJ and the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights after the district informed the student's family that “their child — a girl who identified as a boy — would be required to stay in a cabin with an adult chaperone or a parent and not with classmates during a popular overnight camping trip for seventh-grade students.” The child had already begun publicly identifying with the male gender in dress and hair style.
The complaint alleged that the school district prevented the student from using the boys' restroom and locker room at her school during the sixth and seventh grade. Instead, the child was required to use a restroom in the nurse's office. While the girl's parents initially agreed to the arrangement, they changed their minds and filed the complaint as their child grew unhappy over the attention that was being drawn toward her.
According to the DOJ report, the girl's family began a gender transition process for their daughter after she was “teased and socially ostracized” by classmates over “his masculine clothing and hairstyle, which did not conform to female stereotypes.” One student reportedly even referred to her as “it,” the DOJ report recalled.
As she transitioned to a male identity, reported the DOJ, the student “adopted a new, traditionally male first name, expressed a desire to be referred to with masculine pronouns, and continued outwardly to present as a male, including in his clothing and hairstyle.”
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