Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that they would be sending the student privacy case, Gloucester v. G.G., back to the 4th Circuit and asking them to reconsider the case in light of recent developments that likely show renewed support for student privacy.
This is great news for proponents of student privacy and for school officials who want to honor the duty that schools have to protect the privacy of all their students – not just some.
This comes on the heels of President Donald Trump’s announcement that he was rescinding Obama-era guidance that demanded school districts open their locker rooms, shower facilities, and other private spaces to members of the opposite sex. Rescinding that guidance returned power to local school officials to make their own decisions on what the best route is to protect all of their students’ privacy needs.
And contrary to what some may say, there are better solutions than opening up private spaces to members of the opposite sex. There are many commonsense and compassionate options available, including offering private, single-user facilities for students struggling with gender-identity issues – as well as students who simply would like a little more privacy.
Unfortunately, rescinding the guidance has not yet stopped the ongoing attacks on privacy that began under the Obama administration. Because of those attacks, Alliance Defending Freedom is representing many students, parents, and school districts who are simply asking that student privacy rights not be ignored.
- 51 families in a Chicago-area school district sued the Department of Education for forcing their school district to open the girls’ locker room to a biological boy.
- An Ohio school district sued the Department of Education after it threatened to take away federal funding for the school simply because the school district would not open its locker rooms, overnight accommodations, and showers to members of the opposite sex.
- A group of Minnesota students and parents filed suit to protect student privacy in their schools without being threatened with loss of federal funding.
The Supreme Court is giving the 4th Circuit another chance to look at the Gloucester case, and that court should affirm the right of local school districts to protect privacy for all students.
Of course, school officials should show compassion toward those who struggle with how they perceive their sex, but officials shouldn’t misuse laws intended to protect girls and boys to force all students to accept opposite-sex students in locker rooms, showers, overnight accommodations, and restrooms. That is why ADF will continue to fight for the dignity and privacy of all students, by promoting commonsense solutions.
To learn more about what ADF is doing to uphold student privacy, visit the link below.