5-Year-Old Girl Sexually Assaulted by a 'Transgender' Boy in Bathroom. School Blames Her Mother
In July 2016, City Schools of Decatur Superintendent David Dude issued a new transgender bathroom policy, without notifying parents. Parents complained, but the policy was never changed. Then, in November 2017, a 5-year-old boy sexually assaulted a 5-year-old girl in a girls' bathroom. When her mother reported the incident, the school refused to reconsider the policy. Instead, they blamed her and reported her to the Department of Family and Children's Services.
"How do you, in your right mind, do something like that to a parent?" Pascha Thomas, the girl's mother, asked in a heart-wrenching video about the case. "Their child has been sexually assaulted, then you turn around and paint them out as the villain, just to sweep it up under the rug, because it all goes back to a policy you have in place."
"Not only did they ignore the child's report of her sexual assault, but reported the family to child services," Christiana Holcomb, legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), told PJ Media on Wednesday. "The child's report of sexual assault was contrary to their narrative on this transgender restroom policy, and therefore they retaliated against this poor family and this poor five-year-old girl."
Alliance Defending Freedom joined Pascha Thomas's lawyer, Vernadette Boyles — herself an attorney allied with ADF — in filing a complaint to the federal Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR), alleging a violation of Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination in schools. Last month, the OCR agreed to investigate the case.
According to the complaint filed on May 22, Dude announced to staff "a policy that required all Decatur Schools to admit boys who identify as female into girls' restrooms, locker rooms, and shower areas on school premises ... based solely on the stated preference of the individual student."
In the video, Vernadette Boyles explained that the concerned parents of Decatur "met with the superintendent, they wrote several letters to him, they emailed him." Each time they expressed their concerns about the safety and privacy of their daughters, "they got the same consistent response: We hear you, we understand, but in essence we're doing nothing to change this policy."
Boyles recalled a school board meeting in October 2016, when the transgender bathroom policy was discussed. A former chairman of the Board of Pardons and Paroles testified. "Given his understanding of human nature, he specifically testified to his concern that this policy would be used by young boys to gain access to girls in private settings for mischievous purposes," the lawyer said. "And it was as if he was prophetic, because that is precisely what has happened."