Earlier this month, the concerned bigots at California-based Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) reported that multiple students had complained about a transgender teen at Florence High School in Colorado was using the girl’s restroom and harassing her classmates. According to the school superintendent, however, those claims were completed fabricated. In response, PJI admitted that while it may embellished some of the details, it believes allowing trans students equal access to facilities is “inherently harassing.”
This week, a writer at TransAdvocate reached out to the teen and her parents about the story, which has made international headlines. The 16-year-old student is being referred to as “Jane Doe,” out of respect for her privacy.
According to Jane’s mother, Jane transitioned from male to female about two years ago. The family learned about the controversy when the school was bombarded with media requests after a small group of parents held a poorly attended rally protesting Jane’s use of girls’ restrooms. Afterwards, Jane found PJI’s complaint online.
“She was upset,” Jane’s mother said in the interview. ”It made her panic. She saw where their story had become international news and she saw what people were saying. It gave her anxiety attacks.”
She continued: “She kept asking me how people could do that to her. She saw all this negative stuff about her and she can’t understand how they could say those things when they don’t even know who she is as a person. They don’t know what this does to a kid.”
PJI doesn’t seem to know or care. In an interview with WorldNetDaily titled “Transgender Boy Invades Girls’ Bathroom,” PJI attorney Matthew McReynolds doubled down, telling an interviewer: “It’s our position that a teenage boy’s presence into the bathroom for teenage girls is inherently harassing … It’s also intimidating when you have a boy like this, who is not a freshman, going in there with younger freshman girls. They feel violated. They feel intimidated.”
He continued: “Our students are in a scenario where they’re being told: If you don’t want to be in this situation where this guy walks in while you’re in the bathroom, then you’ve got to confine yourself to one staff bathroom that is very inconvenient, that’s not even open all the time that they’re on campus for athletic activities and things like that. You just have to give up your right to use the other dozen or so bathrooms on campus. You just have to clear out so that this one other student can do whatever he wants.”
When asked if she would like to say anything to PJI, Jane’s mother replied: ”What you’re doing isn’t right. You say that you’re a God-loving people but you’ve targeted my daughter – a kid – like this. You shouldn’t do this to any kid. You should be ashamed. You’re wrong for what you’ve done to my daughter.”
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