Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Kenosha Tremper Transgender Student Wins Appeal

From AP:
In September, U.S. District Judge Pamela Pepper granted 17-year-old high school senior Ashton Whitaker permission to use the boys’ bathroom at Kenosha’s Tremper High School. Kenosha Unified School District appealed the ruling, arguing that the harm to other students, particularly male students using the bathroom, outweighs any harm to Whitaker.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected this reasoning Tuesday. Judge Ann Claire Williams says harms to others are speculative while harms to Whitaker are well-documented. Those include suicidal thoughts as well as medical issues stemming from avoiding the bathroom.
What serves the greater good?

Someone is going to be harmed, unless there is a separate bathroom facility for the transgender student.

The court decided the transgender student's well-being is more important than that of the male students because harm to them is "speculative."

I guess a male student harmed by Ashton Whitaker's use of the boys' bathroom will have to surface before the court will consider the harm to other students a reality. Maybe the boys at Tremper don't care and no harm is being done.

Remember when going to the bathroom wasn't so complicated? Now, people literally make a federal case out of it.

1 comment:

August Danowski said...

Yes, it would be much better if this person was using the Mens' Room:


Or this person was using the Women's Room:


I'm sure that would make all the boys and girls feel much more comfortable. Not complicated at all.