[This letter will be sent to the HISD Board, Superintendent, and Principals.]
OPEN LETTER TO HEMPSTEAD SCHOOLS
SUBJECT: ISSUANCE OF “NONDISCRIMINATION DECREE” FROM THE US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PRESSURING SCHOOLS THAT RECEIVE FEDERAL FUNDING TO ALLOW STUDENTS TO USE THE BATHROOM OR LOCKER ROOM OF THEIR GENDER CHOICE
Dear School Board Members, Superintendent, and Campus Principals,
The United States Department of Justice and the United States Department of Education, under the direction of President Obama, recently sent a letter that interpreted “non-discrimination” clauses within Federal Title IX Act of 1972 to include transgender identity. Under the new interpretation, a student’s chosen gender identity rather than his or her birth certificate gender identity will determine bathroom usage. I am concerned about consequences to Hempstead ISD students and teachers if you comply with this order.
- Compliance opens the door for sexual harassment and breach of privacy. All children have the privacy right to gender-specific bathrooms where they are not in danger of embarrassment should someone of the opposite birth gender enter the locker room/bathroom. Teachers are in danger of accusations of sexual harassment every time they walk into a bathroom of their birth gender because they may encounter a student of the opposite gender.
- Failure to establish specific policy countering the federal order and detailing procedure to instruct those families that make cross-gender identity claims, even if the reasoning is that it will never actually be an issue, is a recipe for lawsuit. The district will face lawsuits from non-cross gender students should it comply with the Federal order.
- Safety is on the line. Protect the students of Hempstead Schools and our teachers from embarrassment and breach of privacy and harassment. Protect teachers of Hempstead Schools from harassment charges.
If the school allows itself to be bullied into compliance with the overreach of the Federal demand, it will have strayed from its own promise to “do the right thing, in the right way, for the right reasons: our kids.” Students who identify cross-gender should use the bathroom that corresponds to their birth certificate identity or use a single-use bathroom.
The schools should establish a policy that permits gender specific bathrooms only, and provides individual use bathrooms available to students without question of gender identity. Your moral obligation, legal obligation, and the welfare of the students is on the line. I will remove my student from the school should you fail to stand strong in this manner. I will have no choice morally. REFUSE THIS ORDER!
Kevin and Tracy Jordan, Parents