Williamson County School Board Sued for Following Transgender Bathroom Laws

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The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –

The parents of a transgender child have filed a lawsuit against the Tennessee Department of Education and the Williamson County Board of Education for refusing to accommodate the child’s “social transition.”

According to the suit, which was filed in federal court in Nashville on Thursday, the 8-year-old child (referred to only as D.H.) was born male but now identifies as a female. The complaint says that the child began living as a female at the age of 6.

The complaint states that the school at first agreed to work with the child but in January, “administration could not provide D.H. with the support needed to complete the social transition.”

The school does allow the student to use a single-occupancy restroom, but the suit claims this only serves to “reinforce the differential treatment” and is a violation of the student’s Constitutional rights.

In a press release, A.H., the student’s mother, said, “Years ago, I chose to move to Tennessee because it was known as ‘the volunteer state,’ whose citizens cared for their neighbors without hesitation – not a state that legalizes discrimination against helpless children.”

The mother claims that the child eventually refused to use the restroom at school and even began to minimize eating and drinking in order to avoid having to go to the bathroom. The lawsuit states that the child “developed migraines, reflux, and recurring nightmares of school.”

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In Tennessee, laws actually protect students from having to share restrooms with transgender individuals. Students, parents, and employees can actually file a suit for damages “for all psychological, emotional, and physical harm suffered” if transgender students are allowed to use restrooms or locker rooms that do not match their biological gender. 

This latest lawsuit is the second one brought against the state. The first one was dropped when the family that filed the suit moved out of state.

In a ruling last month, U.S. District Judge Charles Atchley, Jr., agreed with Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery and 19 other attorneys general in saying that orders from President Biden on the issue were a violation of states’ rights to create their own laws. 

About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative  ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career.  Most recently, he served as Deputy Director for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others.  He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History.  Contact Jason at news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com

2 thoughts on “Williamson County School Board Sued for Following Transgender Bathroom Laws

  • August 5, 2022 at 4:41 pm
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    I guess folks can find a shyster lawyer that will sue for anything. Many years ago the ACLU was a vibrant and passionate defender of the Constitution of the United States. Nowadays their focus is on their biased and “Woke” beliefs that like the Government, “We’re here to help you.” By helping they mean bending you to their radical ideas of what the Constitution says. In this case, according to the parents, the child has already decided to be “different”, so what is wrong with providing a bathroom for “different” people. Pull up your big girl panty’s people and realize your doing the child more damage that any lawsuit will ever resolve.

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  • August 6, 2022 at 7:01 pm
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    They moved here because of better and cheaper cost of living. But apparently they want to live according to the same rules they’re used to from the state they moved from. Looks like it’s time to pack up and move back. Let’s not chance Tennessee! Keep it the way it is, because that’s why people are moving here from other states.

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