Randolph Union High School in Randolph, Vermont banned the girl’s volleyball team from changing in their own locker room after a number of the players objected to a boy, who claims to be a girl, changing in the locker room with them.
Blake Allen, a member of the volleyball team told WCAX, “So every girl, no one’s allowed in the locker room, no volleyball girls even during school to get changed for gym class. No one is allowed from volleyball.
The outlet went on to report the school sent an email to parents indicating the girls were banned from the locker room pending an investigation accusing the volleyball players of harassing the boy that claims to be a girl.
Allen rejected this accusation with WCAX reporting, “Allen says that the dispute started when the trans student made an inappropriate comment while members of the volleyball team were getting changed.”
The high school volleyball player also added, “My mom wants me to do this interview to try to make a change. I feel like for stating my opinion — that I don’t want a biological man changing with me — that I should not have harassment charges or bullying charges. They should all be dropped.”
In fact Allen also notes that boys who claim to be women seemingly routinely use the girls bathroom at the high school “There are biological boys that go into the girl’s bathroom but never a locker room
The school’s email also indicated that it has “plenty of space where students who feel uncomfortable with the laws may change in privacy.”
Allen rejected this assertion too explaining, “They want all the girls who feel uncomfortable — so pretty much 10 girls — to get changed in a single stall bathroom, which would take over 30 minutes. Where if one person got changed separately, it would take a minute, like no extra time.”
Vermont Agency of Education’s policy states that “a transgender student should not be required to use a locker room or restroom that conflicts with the student’s gender identity.”
However, it also notes in a FAQ section that “Any student may desire additional privacy in using a bathroom or locker room. A transgender or gender nonconforming student may request additional privacy within a locker room or other changing room. Similarly, other students may request additional privacy in changing clothes in a locker room or changing area used
by a transgender or gender nonconforming student.”
As for what the school is required to provide to these students it states, “Schools may provide a single stall with a door or curtain to provide privacy for any student who desires extra privacy within a common locker room or changing area (or bathroom).”
Regardless of what Randolph Union High School chooses to rule in its investigation, their policies are a clear rejection of the truth.
Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington explains, “The human soul is created to animate and be embodied by one particular, specifically male or female, body. A person’s sex is an immutable biological reality, determined at conception. The sexed body reveals God’s design not only for each individual person, but also for all human beings, by ‘establishing us in a relationship with other living beings.’”
He further notes, “We know from biology that a person’s sex is genetically determined at conception and present in every cell of the body. Because the body tells us about ourselves, our biological sex does in fact indicate our inalienable identity as male or female. Thus, so-called ‘transitioning’ might change a person’s appearance and physical traits (hormones, breasts, genitalia, etc.) but does not in fact change the truth of the person’s identity as male or female, a truth reflected in every cell of the body. Indeed, no amount of ‘masculinizing’ or ‘feminizing’ hormones or surgery can make a man into a woman, or a woman into a man. ”
Not only does Bishop Burbidge explain how these policies are a rejection of the truth, but he also offers instruction to resist this rejection of the truth, “The faithful should avoid using ‘gender-affirming’ terms or pronouns that convey approval of or reinforce the person’s rejection of the truth. It is not harsh or judgmental to decline to use such language.”
“In the broader culture, Catholics may experience significant pressure to adopt culturally-approved terminology,” he continues. “However, in no circumstances should anyone be compelled to use language contrary to the truth. The right to speak the truth inheres in the human person and cannot be taken away by any human institution.”
He then asserts, “Attempts by the state, corporations, or employers to compel such language, particularly by threats of legal action or job loss, are unjust. We must love in the truth, and truth must be accurately conveyed by our words. At the same time, clarity must always be at the service of charity, as part of a broader desire to move people towards the fulness of the truth.”
What do you make of this school banning their own volleyball players from using the locker room?