Boyertown school officials respond to lawsuit's accusations

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The Boyertown Area School District is firing back after a student and his family sued the district because the district allowed a transgender student to use the boys locker room.

The complaint was filed in federal court in Philadelphia last week. It alleges the male high school student was told to "tolerate" changing in the same room as a transgender student by school administrator. It claims the student felt his privacy was violated.

On Monday, the district posted a 4-page "frequently asked questions" release, addressing 11 concerns as a result of the federal lawsuit. The communication also said the complaint contained "false and/or misleading information."

In the document, the district firmly denied ever saying the student had to "tolerate" sharing a locker room with the transgender student. Instead, officials said the student was advised about separate and private alternatives available to him, including four separate and private shower stalls inside the locker room.

The district also denied accusations that administrators told the family to homeschool the student if the student felt uncomfortable.

"It was never stated or implied that the student was not welcome in the school," the district said. "The alternatives presented to him and his guardians included using the private health office bathroom as a place to change in total privacy before and after gym class."

The documents addressed questions about its policies regarding transgender students and their access to bathrooms and locker rooms.

Officials said there is no specific policy on the issue. The district has been addressing concerns on a case-by-case basis under the guidance of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, the National School Boards Association, and state and federal laws.

The demand letter is expected to be discussed at Tuesday's school board meeting, which is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Boyertown Area Junior High School East auditorium in New Hanover Township, Montgomery County.

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