Three middle school students charged with “sexual harassment” for not using classmates’ favorite “They” pronouns

Three middle school students charged with “sexual harassment” for not using classmates’ favorite “They” pronouns
Rosemary Rabidoux, whose 13-year-old son Braden is one of the accused, told Fox News that when the principal told her what the charges were, she could not believe her ears. Image credit: Fox News / YouTube.

KIEL, WI – The pronoun debate reached a new level this week when a school district in Wisconsin made the decision to target three of their middle school students for sexual harassment for not using a female classmate’s preferred pronoun, a step that some legal experts say is a violation of the right to freedom of expression of the first amendment.

The school district in Kiel, Wisconsin – with a population of only 3,600 – has accused three eighth-graders of violating Title IX, a statute of the U.S. Department of Education that protects people from discrimination based on gender in education.

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The allegations stem from an incident that took place in April in which the three students in question allegedly refused to use a classmate “they them” pronouns, the student announced, were preferred a month before, according to Rosemary Rabidoux, whose 13-year-old son Braden is one of the accused.

“I received a phone call from the principal … who warned me in advance and told me I would receive an email with allegations of sexual harassment against my son,” she said. “I immediately went into shock. I’m thinking of sexual harassment? It’s rape, it’s inappropriate touch, it’s incest. What has my son done? “

But when the principal told her what the accusations were about, Rabidoux said she could not believe her ears.

“Principal said he has allegedly been accused of sexual harassment for not using correct pronouns,” she said. “I thought it was not right! I thought this had to be a gag, a joke … one has nothing to do with the other.”

Rabidoux explained the incident that took place in April between her son and the classmate, whose pronouns he refused to use, and said it was a female student who behaved very aggressively towards Braden and his friends.

She had screamed at one of Braden’s friends to use the right pronouns and called him swear words, and this friend is very quiet and like just sunk into his chair, ”Rabidoux said. “Braden finally came up and defended him and said ‘He does not have to use proper pronouns, it is his constitutional right not to use it, you can not get him to say things’.”

The three accused students are being defended by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, where Deputy Attorney Luke Berg claims that the school district is abusing Section IX to try to force speech is potentially a violation of the First Amendment.

“Sexual harassment in Section IX typically covers things like rape, dating violence, quid pro quo sexual services … really cruel things. There is nothing close to what is alleged in this case,” he said. “School administrations cannot force minors to adhere to their preferred way of speaking. And they certainly should not slap eighth-graders with the title IX survey over what is equivalent to protected speech. This is a terrible precedent to create with enormous consequences. “

The Kiel school district issued a statement to the media – in which some news outlets, such as Fox News, were strongly critical of the allegations against the students – saying they were banning “all forms of bullying and harassment” especially against “protected classes.”

“KASD prohibits all forms of bullying and harassment in accordance with all laws, including Section IX, and will continue to support ALL students regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, descent, faith, pregnancy, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender (including transgender status, gender reassignment or gender identity) or physical, mental, emotional, or learning difficulties (“protected classes”) in any of its student programs and activities; this is in accordance with school board policy. We do not comment on student cases. . ”

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