For years now, trans activists have been spearheading the forced integration of trans-identifying males into female-only spaces. The results have been predictable. As I wrote earlier, girls have risked urinary tract infections rather than use the bathroom with boys. Girls have pled with adults to keep the boys out of their changing rooms, but even their tears do not shake the idealogues in charge. If girls refuse to share their spaces with males, they are punished—indeed, in Vermont last year, high school girls were banned from their own changing room after objecting to the presence of a trans-identified male who made inappropriate comments.
Worse, adults have explicitly told girls—and their outraged parents—that girls who have the natural modesty to want to shield their bodies from the male gaze were bluntly told by one Illinois judge that they have no right to “visual bodily privacy.”
On December 4, The Daily Signal published the latest chapter in this ugly saga. According to a legal letter sent by Alliance Defending Freedom on behalf of parents Joe and Serena Wailes, their 11-year-old girl was assigned to share a bed with a male student on a cross-country school trip without parental notification. The Wailes are “calling on the Colorado-based Jefferson County School Board and Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Tracy Dorland to clarify ‘whether the JCPS will continue this practice of intentionally withholding information about rooming accommodations from parents like the Waileses, who object to their children rooming with a student of the opposite sex, regardless of the other student’s gender identity.’”
The Waileses, who are also demanding the right to opt out of the rooming policy for any future school tripos, state that their fifth-grade daughter, while on a trip to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. in June, was assigned to a room with three other students. Parents had been assured by the school that boys and girls would be quartered on separate floor, and “chaperones told the students that boys would not even be allowed to visit the girls’ floor, as well as vice versa.” This promise was not kept. Although two of the students the Waileses’ daughter was bunked with were girls from her school, the third was a boy who identified as transgender. The fifth-grade girl was told that she would have to share a bed with him.
The girl, understandably, was upset, and “snuck into the bathroom and called her mother,” after which she went to the lobby to meet with her. Serena Waileses noted that her daughter was “terrified and really upset about the idea of sharing a bed with a biological boy—even though she had a good relationship with this other student.” Serena was on the trip as well, but not as a chaperone, and she was very angry. She called her husband Joe to tell him what was going on.
“We were definitely not aware of that before we went on the trip,” Serena Wailes told The Daily Signal. “I was really upset. One, I was really upset that she was put in that situation at 11 years old—I don’t feel that is fair to put kids in that kind of situation—and two, that we were not even given the information that this was a possibility before the trip. The whole time they’re saying, ‘Girls on one floor, boys on another, they’re not going to be in each other’s rooms unless it is pre-approved.’ So we’re going through this whole process, not even recognizing that this is a possibility.”
Her husband concurred. “I felt a bit helpless,” Joe said. “I was 2,000 miles away. My daughter is scared in a bathroom trying to get herself out of a situation. It was a frustrating experience, and I just really felt like it was not a situation my daughter should have been put in.” According to The Daily Signal’s report:
School chaperones called one of the trip leaders, Principal Ryan Lucas, who called the boy’s parents, according to the letter: “K.E.M.’s parents confirmed their child’s transgender gender identity and that K.E.M. was to be in ‘stealth mode,’ meaning students on the trip would not know about their child’s transgender status.” After a good deal of trouble, chaperones finally agreed to move the male student, with a different female student, to another room.
“Throughout the entire evening, K.E.M.’s privacy and feelings were always the primary concern of JCPS employees,” the letter said. “After JCPS disregarded D.W.’s privacy and the Waileses’ parental rights, JCPS then silenced D.W., thus infringing on her freedom of speech, when a JCPS teacher told the three girls that they were not allowed to tell anyone that K.E.M. was transgender, even though K.E.M. voluntarily chose to share this information.” According to the demand letter, the school district’s policy is, “in most cases,” to room students based on the gender they identify as, rather than their sex.
The Waileses have two children in the fourth grade who are registered to participate in several school trips next year, and they want to ensure that the situation doesn’t repeat itself. Alliance Defending Freedom is committed to assisting them in this endeavour. That is where we are in 2023—parents needing to retain lawyers to ensure that their 11-year-old daughter doesn’t get assigned to a bed with a boy by school chaperones tasked with keeping the kids safe.
It is also the inevitable consequence of accepting transgender ideology—just like the critics predicted.