Doe v. Boyertown Area School District

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Description:  During the 2016-17 school year—without informing parents or students—the Boyertown Area School District secretly opened its high school locker rooms, showers, and restrooms to students of the opposite sex, which violated many students’ bodily privacy rights. Some of the students in the suit involuntarily encountered students of the opposite sex in various states of undress in school restrooms and locker rooms.


Students, parents may appeal 3rd Circuit student privacy decision


Thursday, May 24, 2018

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The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Christiana Holcomb regarding Thursday’s ruling against student privacy by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit in Doe v. Boyertown Area School District:

“The Supreme Court has already spoken: The real differences between men and women mean that privacy must be protected where it really counts, and that certainly includes high school locker rooms and restrooms. This decision is out of step with longstanding legal protection for privacy. We will continue advocating for these young students.”

The following quote may be attributed to Alexis Lightcap, a student at Boyertown Area Senior High School who is a plaintiff in the lawsuit against the school district:

“Today’s ruling was very disappointing, and made me feel—again—like my voice was not heard. Every student’s privacy should be protected.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
 
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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Previous news releases:

  • 2018-05-23: Pa. student to come forward: ‘Please stop my school from violating my privacy’
  • 2017-09-25: Students, parents ask appeals court to stop Pa. school district from violating bodily privacy
  • 2017-08-25: Court allows Pennsylvania school district to continue violating student privacy
  • 2017-08-10: Students, parents ask court to stop Pa. school district from violating bodily privacy
  • 2017-04-18: Three students join bodily privacy suit against Pennsylvania school district
  • 2017-03-21: Student sues Pennsylvania school district for sexual harassment, violation of personal privacy
  • 2017-03-20: News conference Tuesday to announce student privacy lawsuit against Pa. school district

Commentary:

  • Alexis Lightcap: Girls and boys shouldn't do everything together (Philadelphia Inquirer, 2018-05-24)
  • Kellie Fiedorek: Dignity and fairness matter for every child in the locker room (Daily Signal, 2017-04-14)

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