A Bill Clinton-appointed federal judge has ordered a Wisconsin school district to let male students use the girls’ restroom.
Judge Lynn Adelman in the Eastern District of Wisconsin ruled that the Mukwonago Area School District is prohibited from stopping students from using the facilities of their opposite gender.
The district was banned from enforcing its bathroom policy in Adelman’s temporary restraining order against the rule on Thursday.
A lawsuit was brought against the district by the family of an 11-year-old boy who “identifies” as a girl.
The district had enforced a “Student Privacy in Restrooms and Locker Rooms” policy to protect students while they use the facilities at school.
The policy was unanimously approved by the school board on June 26.
“The Board believes students should feel safe and secure in the school environment, and the Board respects their right to privacy as it pertains to the use of District facilities,” the policy states.
“To that end, except as otherwise required by law, students shall use the restroom and locker room facilities on District property and at District-sponsored events according to each student’s sex assigned at birth.”
The policy also states that requests for exceptions will be considered on a “case-by-case basis.”
Such requests would be reviewed by “a team of District staff on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the student, the student’s parents, the Director of Student Services, the school psychologist, the school counselor, the classroom teacher, the building principal, and any other individuals the District deems appropriate.”
The policy was put in place to concerns that female students were too afraid to use the facilities while boys were also using them.
In his written order, Judge Adelman claimed that the student has “identified as female since the age of three.”
The student has “participated with girls in gender-separate school activities,” the “woke” judge added.
According to the judge’s order, the student has also “used the girls’ bathroom at school since moving to the district and beginning third grade,” according to a report from local station TMJ4.
On June 16, the student’s family was informed that he would be “required to use either the boys’ bathroom or a gender-neutral bathroom at the school.”
The judge insisted that a “policy that requires an individual to use a bathroom that does not conform with his or her gender identity punishes that individual for his or her gender non-conformance.”
The court also found that providing “a gender-neutral alternative is not sufficient to relieve the School District from liability, as it is the policy itself which violates [Title IX].”
The ruling says that making the male student use the boys’ bathroom “caused the plaintiff to suffer severe emotional distress and mental health effects, including thoughts of self-harm, nightmares, embarrassment, social isolation, and stigma, and lowered self-esteem.”
“For the reasons stated, IT IS ORDERED that the plaintiff’s motion for a temporary restraining order is GRANTED.
“The Mukwonago Area School District, Superintendent Joe Koch, and all officers, employees, and agents of the defendants, are hereby restrained from: (1) enforcing against the plaintiff any policy, practice, or custom that denies the plaintiff access to girls’ restrooms at school and school-sponsored events; and (2) taking any formal or informal disciplinary action against plaintiff for using girls’ restrooms at school and school-sponsored events,” the ruling concluded.
According to a report from the Daily Wire, the school district responded to Thursday’s ruling by saying it would “continue to defend” the bathroom policy.
The policy was created “in the interest of protecting the safety, privacy, and wellness of all students,” the district noted.