A Florida school district has been accused of violating the constitutional rights of two physical education teachers after they were ordered to allow a girl who identifies as a boy to share locker room and shower facilities with biological boys.
The two teachers at Chasco Middle School strongly objected to letting the girl use the facilities because neither the boys nor their parents had been given prior warning.
“Administrators told them that informing the boys so they could take steps to protect their privacy would be ‘discriminatory,’ and subject them to discipline,” Liberty Counsel wrote in a letter to the Pasco County School Board.
One of the teachers, who is a male, also objected to school demands that he supervise the locker room despite the fact the girl might be nude or undressed.
“The administrators told him that the girl in question had ‘every right to use the locker room,’ including the right to disrobe in the open locker area,” Liberty Counsel wrote.
The religious liberty law firm said physical education teacher “will not knowingly place himself in a position to observe a minor female in the nude or otherwise in a sate of undress.”
As a result, the school has decided to punish the unnamed teacher by transferring him to another school “for not doing your job in the locker room.”
According to Liberty Counsel biological boys were literally caught with their pants down when the girl walked into the locker room. The embarrassed boys complained to their teachers – but the teachers were unable to provide any assistance.
“Administrators had placed a gag order on them, and told them they could not answer the boys on these questions,” Liberty Counsel wrote.
The law firm accused the school district of violating the rights of both male students at teachers at the school.
“The Board and the community should be aware that there is no state-wide Florida law recognizing ‘gender identity’ as a protected class,” Liberty Counsel wrote.