Graduates Get $20,000 Each After Transgender Restroom Dispute

By Published on August 10, 2017

A Pennsylvania school agreed to pay three students $20,000 each in a settlement allowing the students to use the bathroom with which they identify.

The details of the costly settlement — totaling $60,000 awarded to the students and $75,000 to their attorney — were released Tuesday after the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette requested the information from the Pine-Richland School District under the state’s Right-to-Know law, according to US News.

U.S. District Court Judge Mark Hornak sent out a 48-page ruling in February 2016 explaining why the Pine-Richland policy discriminated against students who identify as transgender and violated the Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protections Clause, according to the Post-Gazette.

The students — two of whom identify as female but were born male, and one who identifies as male but was born female — sued the school in October 2016 when it wouldn’t allow them to use the restroom corresponding with their gender identity rather than their birth sex. The school initially enforced its bathroom policies in response to complaints from parents who felt that allowing students to use the wrong bathroom violated the privacy of the other students.

By agreeing to settle, the school now allows students to use whichever bathroom “consistently and uniformly [matches their] asserted gender identity.”

 

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  • tether

    This is insane.
    If someone with a male or female anatomy but believes themselves to be the opposite walks into the locker room or bathroom while one of my children are in there you can bet there is going to be a problem. They have been given my full permission and support to defend their selves and their privacy by what ever means is necessary to neutralize the threat or perceived threat.

  • RuthER

    I’d like to know why there was money involved. I guess I don’t quite understand the system, but why wasn’t it enough to “settle” for allowing the males to use the females private bathrooms and locker rooms and so on. If “justice”/”rights” were all that mattered, how did so much money come into the negotiation? They weakened their position by taking so much money.

    • glenbo

      >>”They weakened their position by taking so much money.”<<
      How much is your dignity and self-esteem worth?

      • Joel

        Evidently, $20k a piece for them if that is the point you are trying to make. Of course this really costs the tax payers the $135k for their dignity and self esteem as you put it. The scary thing about the money here is that you will see this more based on the money. After all the attorneys took home $75k. Establishments will be forced into this to avoid the lawsuits.

        • glenbo

          >>”Evidently, $20k a piece for them if that is the point you are trying to make.”<<
          Incorrect.
          Why don't you just answer my question?

          • Joel

            Well your question was “How which is your dignity and self-eateem worth? I would say you could put a price on mine to answer your question. I think that is also the poster’s point.

  • john appleseed

    Evil is triumphing…for now.
    The Church in the US is only beginning to see hints of the persecution that eventually will be as deadly as in China.
    Will this wave of US persecution of Christians happen before or after the rapture? I don’t know.
    Jesus predicted his Church would suffer for him. Paul said all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
    If you’re not being persecuted at all, you should
    “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” (2 Corinthians 13:5)

    • glenbo

      >>”Evil is triumphing…for now.”<>”If you’re not being persecuted at all, you should
      “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith.”<<

      How are you being persecuted?

  • stumpc

    This should be fought by the parents until either reason prevails or the school is abandoned. No more compromises.

  • Caterina

    Stop abusing children by encouraging sexual confusion!

  • glenbo

    >>”The school initially enforced its bathroom policies in response to complaints from parents who felt that allowing students to use the wrong bathroom violated the privacy of the other students.”<<
    Some parents "felt" privacy was compromised? "Felt??"
    This means no student was actually affected by their use of the restroom of their choice.
    Therefore, there was no cause to enforce this discriminating policy.
    The reward was just.
    Next time, let trans kids go where they feel safe and comfortable, since no privacy was compromised and no problem occurred.
    The only "problem" was nosy parents creating a problem that never existed.

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