Attorneys fight for parents fighting for privacy

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Gender Unicorn (sex unknown)Obama-era regulations that favor transgender students may have been rescinded in recent months but the legal battle continues. 

An association of concerned students and parents that filed a federal lawsuit to defend student privacy in a Palatine, Illinois school district are now seeking to intervene in a separate state-level lawsuit filed by the ACLU that threatens the privacy of thousands mores Illinois students.

 The emergency motion to intervene, and a motion to dismiss, both filed last Thursday in the Circuit Court of Cook County, seek to prevent the ACLU from using non-discrimination provisions in the Illinois Human Rights Act to dismantle student privacy at Township High School District 211.

gavel with U.S. flagAlliance Defending Freedom and Thomas More Society attorneys are representing the students and parents.

 "The Obama administration passed a regulation which essentially required school districts throughout the country to accommodate transgender students and that caused quite an uproar here in the Chicago area," says Thomas Olp, senior counsel at Thomas More Society.

The federal government rescinded the Obama regulations under President Donald Trump's administration, says Olp, "but that did not resolve these lawsuits." 

Keep locker rooms safe signThe most recent lawsuit, he says, was filed by a biological male student who claims to be transitioning into a female and wants to use the girls' locker room.

The parents' fight in Illinois is not a new development. OneNewsNow has reported how public school districts backed down under pressure from the Dept. of Education, which threatened to pull vital DOE funds, leaving parents to fight back when schools failed to do so. 

Olp predicts the U.S. Supreme Court will eventually hear arguments over the issue, possibly hearing the Palatine case if it goes through lower courts before other similar lawsuits have been litigated.

 

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