A male teacher at a Florida school district has reportedly been threatened with administrative leave after he refused to supervise a biologically female transgender student undressing in a middle school boy’s locker room.
If that was confusing, let me rephrase: a male teacher could find himself canned for saying he won't watch a little girl get undressed.
According to a letter from pro-bono constitutional law firm Liberty Counsel and first reported by The Federalist, Pasco County schools recently granted a female student who self-identifies as male access to the boy’s locker room and changing areas at Chasco Middle School without first notifying either the other students or their parents. The letter claims some of the boys were surprised when a clearly female student first walked into their locker rooms and caught some of them in a state of undress.
The boys immediately complained to their P.E. teachers, identified in the letter as Robert O. and Stephanie C., who reportedly objected to the school allowing the female student to waltz into boys’ changing areas without first giving other students and their parents a heads-up. In response, the school informed them that the young woman had “every right to use the locker room,” and placed them under a “gag order” that prevented them from explaining the full situation to their other students.
“Administrators told them that informing the boys so they could take steps to protect their privacy would be ‘discriminatory,’ and subject them to discipline,” the Liberty Counsel explained.
When Robert reportedly refused to continue supervising the boy’s locker room for fear that he’d accidentally see the young woman in some state of nudity, administrators reportedly threatened to place him on administrative leave for “not doing your job in the locker room.”
To date, the Liberty Counsel says Pasco County parents still haven’t been informed of what’s going on.
“Unfortunately these things are going on across the country, primarily with school psychologists and guidance counselors,” Liberty Counsel attorney Richard Mast told The Federalist, noting that it’s common practice for public schools to pass similar transgender policies without informing other students, parents or their community first.