Wednesday, November 29, 2023

They Have Our Back.

Five former high school employees fired! For standing up against bigotry and they were fired because they would not obey and illegal order to discriminate.
District removes school officials to comply with Ron DeSantis’s strict anti-LGBTQ+ laws
A trans girls' volleyball player led to a principal and four other staff members being investigated.
LGBTQ Nation
By Greg Owen Tuesday
November 28, 2023

A high school principal and four top staff members have been reassigned to “non-school sites” as investigators look for evidence they violated a Florida state law barring “improper student participation in sports.”

According to sources at Monarch High School in Broward County, the student in question is a female athlete who has transitioned or is in the process of transitioning while being allowed to play on the girls’ volleyball team.

A Broward County Public Schools Special Investigative Unit is looking into allegations that school officials allowed the student — who was not assigned as female at birth — to play with other females on the team. The officials who allegedly colluded to allow the student’s participation include principal, James Cecil; Assistant Principal Kenneth May; teacher and Athletic Director Dione Hester; Information Management Technician Jessica Norton; and Alex Burgess, a temporary athletic coach.
Let’s see, the Supreme Court in the case of Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board in 2021 ruled,
Transgender student wins bathroom battle after Supreme Court rejects school board appeal
A lower court had ruled that a transgender bathroom ban was unconstitutional.
ABC News
By Devin Dwyer
June 28, 2021

A transgender man from Virginia has won a years-long legal battle against his former high school over its refusal to let him use boys bathrooms when he was a student.

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday rejected the Gloucester County School Board's appeal of a lower court decision that found its transgender bathroom ban is unconstitutional.

The decision is a major victory for former student Gavin Grimm and transgender advocates nationwide.
NBC reported...
Hundreds of students at a Florida high school staged a walkout on Tuesday after their principal and several other school officials were reportedly reassigned over a transgender student’s participation on the girls volleyball team.


Students at Monarch High School in Coconut Creek, about 15 miles north of Fort Lauderdale, filed out of classrooms and onto the school’s football field at around noon, according to aerial footage from NBC Miami. Some held signs in favor of trans rights, while others chanted “trans lives matter.”The protest came a day after the high school’s principal, James Cecil, and four other staffers were reassigned to non-school sites. It also came amid an ongoing investigation by Broward County officials as to whether the school let a transgender student compete on its girls’ volleyball team, NBC Miami reported, which would violate state law. 
The students know that that the Florida law is bull and discriminatory.

The Supreme Court case kind of overrides a state law, the 14th Amendment trumps a state law.
Broward County Public Schools board member Torey Alston said the investigation was necessary to adhere to the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” a signature anti-trans bill signed by failing presidential candidate and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in 2021.

“The investigation will follow the facts and if it is revealed that state law is in question, I could tell you, we will follow state law,” Alston told 7News Miami.
 The Daily Beast wrote,
...A statement from a school district spokesperson in Broward County said the school’s principal, James Cecil, was reassigned due to “allegations of improper student participation in sports,” but didn’t divulge more details..
There are legal challenges to the law, the case was initially thrown out by the judge who was appointed by Trump. Now it is going to the Eleventh Circuit on March 8, 2024.
The administrative purge has inspired one group of Monarch students to organize a protest and possible walk-out in support of Principal Cecil, his colleagues, and the transgender community.

“If we were to just sit here and just get them to go to the boy’s team, then it would look like we are not supportive of people’s perspective on things, like, being a girl or a boy or whatever,” a student organizer said.
So I guest we have to wait until the Eleventh Circuit courts rules on the case.

And in Arizona they are trying to walk all over the First Amendment,
Arizona Republic
By Mary Jo Pitzl
November 28, 2023

Appalled by what they called a lack of control on speech at Arizona State University, GOP lawmakers on Monday said they’ll entertain the prospect of deep funding cuts to the state universities.

“This cancer has infiltrated our academics and our armed forces,” said Sen. Sonny Borrelli, R-Lake Havasu City. “I’m open to how much we gut from the university system.”

Sen. Anthony Kern, who chairs the Ad Hoc Committee on Freedom of Expression at Arizona’s Universities, said the idea will get traction when the Legislature convenes in January.

Kern, R-Glendale, added lawmakers are working on several bills to put “guardrails” around the Arizona Board of Regents, which governs the state’s three universities, including ASU.

Democrats appointed to the panel boycotted the hearing. They called it a waste of time and doubted whether anything would result that would protect the free expression of all points of view.

It seems to me that they tried this back in the late 60s and early 70s over the Vietnam war and didn't work then to stop the protests and it will not stop them now. 

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