Several school districts in southwest Missouri have acted to adopt policies to protect the personal privacy of students enrolled in their public schools. The policies ensure that students using restrooms, locker rooms, and
shower facilities are not exposed to individuals of the opposite sex.
The policies have been established to address the issue of gender-confused students who seek access to facilities used by the opposite biological sex. So-called "transgender" students insist that they should be able to utilize bathrooms and changing areas that match their professed "gender identity."
reports that similar policies have been recently adopted in the Fair Grove, Stockton, and El Dorado Springs school districts, and in the Bernie school district in southeast Missouri.
The policies have been adopted on the recommendation of Tom Mickes
, a longtime attorney for many school districts, who is also associated with the group Missouri Consultants for Education.
"Female students have a well-developed legal right to be secure in their bodily integrity," Mickes says. "They have the right not to be naked in front of a male. We are going to provide alternatives, but showering with them is not one of the options."
Under the policy, students who claim that their gender is different than that of their biological sex may use a gender-neutral bathroom or changing area, should they choose not to use the facilities of their biological gender.
The subject of personal privacy has become a huge issue for the parents of young girls due to the demands by "transgender" activists that boys who claim to be girls be
allowed unrestricted access to their daughters' locker rooms, changing areas, and shower facilities.
The privacy issue became a major controversy in September in the Hillsboro School District in Jefferson County. School administrators granted a male student a locker in the girls locker room because of his insistence that his "gender identity" was that of a woman. The senior male student, who wears skirts and dresses but retains all the anatomy of a male, was given approval to dress and undress in the presence of freshmen and sophomore girls.
Female students were given no warning that they would be changing clothes or showering with a male student invading their locker room. Girls who said they were uncomfortable with their arrangement were told they could use alternate locker room facilities.