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posted Friday, January 30, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 05
Find a Trans person in your restroom, win $2,500, Kentucky senator offers
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Find a Trans person in your restroom, win $2,500, Kentucky senator offers

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Kentucky state senator has introduced legislation to allow parents to sue public school districts if their children encounter Transgender students in their restrooms.

'Parents have a reasonable expectation that schools will not allow minor children to be viewed in various states of undress by members of the opposite biological sex, nor allow minor children to view members of the opposite sex in various states of undress,' the bill states.

If a school administrator allowed a Transgender student to use a facility designated for the opposite sex, or if a school 'failed to take reasonable steps to prohibit the person encountered from using facilities designated for use by the opposite biological sex,' parents would be allowed to sue the school on behalf of their children, according to the bill.

Aggrieved parties could seek up to $2,500 in damages from the offending school for each time they encountered a person of the opposite sex in school facilities, as well as 'for all psychological, emotional and physical harm suffered,' according to the bill's language.

The offending school would be required to pay the attorney fees and costs associated with the claim.

Kentucky Senator C.B. Embry has admitted that he wrote the bill for the Family Foundation of Kentucky following a Louisville high school's decision to allow a Transgender student to use female facilities. He added that he might have to change the language of the bill in order to keep students from 'staging incidents to win money.'

Thomas Aberli, principal of Atherton High School, the Louisville school that approved a policy allowing students to use school facilities of the gender they identified with, told the Bowling Green Daily News that he has spoken with parents about the issue and that most have been supportive. He added that the school hadn't had any major problems implementing the new policy.

'It's a non-issue in this school,' Aberli said.

On his side, Embry insists he has no problem with Transgendered students as long as they remain in spaces appropriate to the gender they were assigned at birth.

'They're certainly welcome to live their lives as they choose, if they want to dress as the opposite sex and the school is OK with that, that's fine,' he said.

'I don't think we can create a situation where no one is ever offended or uncomfortable,' he told US News and World Report.

'I have a friend, and we can all say these things, who is a homosexual and she agrees that she doesn't want men in her bathroom,' he added.

Embry said that he also supports anti-bullying legislation.

'I am very much in favor of strong anti-bullying laws that protect students no matter what the reason for bullying may be - fat or short, don't speak plain, sexual orientation, whatever,' he said.

Embry is a member of the Ten Commandments defense Fund Committee and the NRA as well as the Republican Party.

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