Today’s parents know that school bathrooms are the most recent site of gender confusion.
Touted as “inclusive,” “gender-neutral” bathrooms allow students of both genders to mingle freely.
But rather than helping students, these bathrooms often increase the likelihood of assault.
And a recent sexual assault at this Wisconsin high school proves it.
Rhinelander High School was one of many schools across the state of Wisconsin that was forced to adopt a new bathroom policy after LGBTQ activists advocated for “gender-inclusive” and “gender-neutral” bathrooms in public spaces.
When the school’s leadership faced pressure from “gender expansive” students to change bathroom policies, they weren’t sure what to do.
“We started having discussions about what policies and practices…can better meet [the needs of transgender and gender expansive students],” said Maggie Peterson, the school’s director of learning support.
Peterson and others decided on the “cost-effective” method of constructing a “gender-neutral” bathroom.
Rather than dividing bathrooms by biological sex, transgender activists want to allow anyone who “identifies” as a specific gender to use that gender’s restroom facilities.
A “gender-neutral” bathroom allows students of both sexes to use the bathroom at the same time.
It’s a fad that has spread quickly across the entire country, much to the detriment of many—but especially children.
Rhinelander High School recently discovered that an eighteen-year-old student had sexually assaulted and enticed a child inside the school facility.
The eighteen-year-old student, Austin Sauer, used the “gender-neutral” bathroom at the high school to assault a younger student. Thankfully, Sauer was arrested soon after the incident, but the damage had already been done.
At first, Rhinelander High School scrambled to cover up the incident. The school’s leadership did not send a message to parents to inform them of the potential dangers of the gender-neutral bathroom.
“This…was not a threat to other students,” argued Kelli Jacobi, the School District of Rhinelander Superintendent. “Both students went into the bathroom voluntarily.”
The school district knew that LGBTQ activists would demand they keep the restroom in operation and possibly even try to defend Sauer’s actions.
But after the sheriff’s office became involved in the investigation against Sauer, the school decided to close the gender-neutral bathroom.
“That bathroom is no longer available to students,” Jacobi finally announced, much to the relief of many students, parents, and other community members.
Maggie Peterson reflected on the incident with a faint sense of shock. “We’re a public school and we want to create a safe and inclusive environment for everybody,” Peterson said.
But instead of creating a “safe” environment, the gender-neutral bathroom was a site of assault. And this was no isolated incident.
In 2017, the Family Research Council – a conservative think-tank – compiled a list of 21 incidents of assault that occurred in gender-neutral bathrooms.
The Family Research Council pointed out that these “gender-inclusive” bathroom policies, which allow people to go into any bathroom they wish depending on their gender “identity,” give sexual predators many opportunities to exploit vulnerable women and children in public spaces.
Women have repeatedly complained that men who claim to “identify” as women have used public bathrooms to commit acts of voyeurism, assault, and violence.
LGBTQ activists dismiss these complaints as fabrications or isolated incidents, but some schools and cities are fighting hard to protect women and children by returning to traditional gender-divided bathrooms.
One school in Jasper, Georgia recently reversed a new bathroom policy, returning stability and traditional values to its student body.
“Most people won’t say anything [against LGBTQ policies] because they fear retaliation,” admitted Nathan Barfield, one concerned father at the Jasper school. But he and other parents took a stand and succeeded in protecting their children.
Bathroom policies are only one facet of the LGBTQ agenda, but they are incredibly important. Our children deserve to feel safe, respected, and anxiety-free in their school bathrooms.
We shouldn’t have to wait until an assault happens to see school officials use common sense.
Pray that schools across the country will rise up and fight these unsafe policies! Pray that our leaders will use sound judgment to protect students as well.
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