Monday, May 16, 2016

UPDATE - Transgender Bathroom Mandate .............. Cincinnati, Ohio

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I was contacted by Mr. John Stoddard and was able to thank him for his prompt response.

Sent: Monday, May 16, 2016 at 9:50 AM
From: "John Stoddard"
Subject: Re: Oak Hills HS Bathroom/Locker Room Policy

Mr. and Mrs. Coors,
Thank you for your email and accompanying information. I have read through the information that you sent and shared it with my school superintendent. He, in turn, has shared it with our Board of Education. Like most public school districts, our mission is to serve the needs of all students. We try very hard to maintain and communicate that school is a safe place; a place where all students are welcome and their needs are met. In living that mission, sometimes we are faced with challenging and difficult situations. The use of restrooms by transgendered students presents such a challenge. We are currently meeting the needs of transgendered students by providing access to single stall restrooms located throughout our buildings. This balanced approach is working and has not been disruptive to the school environment, and we plan to continue to use this approach with respect to restroom usage at OHHS. I hope that you will consider allowing your daughter to continue her education in the Oak Hills Local School District. We offer a rigorous, full curriculum of core content and electives designed to prepare students for college and careers. Students also have the opportunity to participate in several extracurricular activities and programs. Please let me know if you have additional questions. Have a safe summer.

Oak Hills High School 
Principal John Stoddard

Please be advised this is an open letter. There is limited time to discuss this topic because of the need for parents to be sure that their children are enrolled in a protected school for the new year of 
2016-17. We would very much appreciate an open discussion, by all parties copied in this letter and feel confident that His Excellency Bishop Joseph Binzer will forward this e-mail to 
His Grace Archbishop Dennis Schnurr.

It is our hope that this e-mail will  further the discussion and our opinion that all families have a right to privacy while using a bathroom or changing room. Furthermore, when that right is usurped, that family is entitled to protect itself. The times we live in cry out that Christian Families stand up and speak up to defend what is being imposed upon an ever dwindling polite and free society. 
Please consider when reading this correspondence:

      There is one building in town. The law requires every child to visit that building for the sake of education. For some reason that building becomes unsafe. There are staff in the building and officials outside that building who are adamant that all children must use that building. You have one problem, you disagree with what society requires because it contradicts what your faith has taught. Your family is constrained because of finances in choosing to send your child to an alternate building where other children attend school. Your son and your daughters get excellent grades and have all been invited to join the National Honor Society. What do you do ?

      Elizabeth is our 3rd child to graduate from HS this coming year. Each of our children have had to face a moral objective in there high school. For most people the public school system was supposed to solve their problem. Consider what our President is asking an overwhelming majority of faith-filled Christians to do that make up the middle class of our great country;
Will they rise up, or will they SELL OUT ?

May 15, 2016
Good Morning Mr. John Stoddard,
I am writing you as a concerned parent, because of a story that has been released this past Friday. As I'm sure that you are aware, the president of our country has circulated a suggestion to all public schools. He has suggested that they engage in a certain new policy with regard to children that are confused as to what sex they were born with. For some reason our president thinks it's a good idea for these confused children to impose their will on my child. 
Additionally our president, whose own children are protected by agents in the Secret Service Department, would appreciate it if you would go along with this misguided suggestion. It should be self evident, why an individual uses a bathroom. It should be self evident, why some etiquette and decorum is required. It should also be obvious that the Oak Hills School District is overwhelmingly rife with children that are considered, under the law, as "Minors".
Any parent that allows their "minor" child to attend class in the Oak Hills School District should be able to feel comfortable that the staff at Oak Hills High School is interested in protecting their child's "right to privacy" in the bathroom. Having said this, I am aware that certain groups in our country have an agenda that I do not agree with. There are quite some number of stories, over these last 7 years, that outline the lengths these groups will go to, in order to persuade the public to fall in line. When these "actions" occur, everyone involved has options. In the case of Oak Hills High School's bathrooms and changing facilities potential policy change, you have me at a disadvantage. I am aware that the president's "potty" proposal comes at an inconvenient time for everyone involved; the last week of the school year. It is my opinion that this was done by design. Everyone impacted by this kind of maneuvering still has options.
I have been told, by way of a telephone conversation Friday, that Oak Hills High School has 
"a few" children that question what sex GOD made them. It seems to me an easy and non-confrontational way to deal with this situation would be to allow those few students access to the faculty bathroom. 
My suggestion would allow for my child to continue to  have her "rights" respected also.
The one other problem that I would like to address is that of the time-line. Given that we are in the last week of the school year, it is important for our family to know what is in store for the fall. We would very much appreciate a response to this letter by Wednesday, at the latest; given that if we don't agree with the new policy put in place we would like the time to make arrangements for a change in the place where our daughter is educated. This type of  re-education in what used to be a polite society is extremely detrimental to the life of a family who have professed to be Christians. 
Our family is saddened by the position you have been put in by the president of the United States, who has sworn "to protect and defend". We will pray for you, and hope you are able to, quickly, let all families in the Oak Hills High School system know that their kids' privacy
and safety is as important as is that of a "few" struggling individuals and their families.
I have copied this letter to our parish priest and Bishop, and encourage them to weigh in on this issue as our family is not the only Catholic family attending a public school in the Oak Hills School District of Hamilton County, Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
Also find enclosed a letter by Alliance Defending Freedom for Faith and Justice
and An action letter written by Bishops Jugis and Burbidge of North Carolina.
Joe and Dona Coors Family


No Federal Law Requires School Districts to Grant Students Access to Facilities Dedicated to the Opposite Sex. 
According to Title IX, “[n]o person in the United States shall, on the basis of 2 sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” 20 U.S.C. § 1681. Importantly, the regulations implementing Title IX specifically allow schools to “provide separate toilet, locker room, and shower facilities on the basis of sex.” 34 C.F.R. § 106.33. Accordingly, no court has ever interpreted Title IX as requiring schools to give students access to opposite-sex restrooms and changing areas. Rather, courts have consistently found that schools do not discriminate under Title IX when they limit use of sex-specific restrooms to members of the specified sex.

March 18, 2016
 Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

One of the most fundamental and essential roles of government is to protect the people and the common good of all citizens. The recent decision by the City of Charlotte to allow transgendered individuals access to whichever place of public accommodation they wish, including bathrooms and locker rooms, strikes at the very responsibility government has in ensuring public spaces are safe and secure.

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