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