A teenage boy was told by his principal that he had to "tolerate" undressing in front of a female student and to make it as "natural" as possible, according to a blockbuster lawsuit filed in a Pennsylvania federal district court.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday by Alliance Defending Freedom and Independence Law Center,
alleges the Boyertown Area School District shamed the teenage boy and violated his personal privacy. They are also alleging sexual harassment.
"No school should rob any student of this legally protected personal privacy,"
ILC attorney Randall Wenger said. "We trust that our children won't be forced into emotionally vulnerable situations like this when they are in the care of our schools because it's a school's duty to protect and respect the bodily privacy and dignity of all students."
In the case of "Joel Doe"—they clearly ignored that duty.
Last fall, the teen boy was preparing to change for a physical education class at Boyertown Area High School.
"He suddenly realized there was a member of the opposite sex changing with him in the locker room," the lawsuit states.
The boy, along with several of his classmates reported
the incident to the assistant principal, named as a defendant.
"Dr. Foley indicated that the legality was up in the air but that students who mentally identify themselves with the opposite sex could choose the locker room and bathroom to use, and physical sex did not matter," the lawsuit states.
The teenage boy asked the assistant principal if there was anything that could be done to protect him from the situation.
"Dr. Foley told Joel Doe to 'tolerate' it and to make it as 'natural' as he possibly can," the lawsuit states.