The following is the title and subtitle of an article written on Monday, by Katie MCDonough of Salon.com: "Anti-LGBTQ group admits it lied about transgender student 'harassing' classmates: The Pacific Justice Institute concocted a story to stoke anti-trans sentiment and turned a teenager into a target". In essence, the report claims that the transgender student who is being accused of "harassment" by a group of girls is, in fact, innocent of any of the accusations and that this is all an attempt by the Pacific Justice Institute to start a "conservative media firestorm"
MCDonough, of Salon.com, explains that this entire incident was the result of one "area mother who objected to the school's policy allowing transgender students to use facilities that correspond to their gender identity." Apparently, if Salon.com's report is accurate, the PJI then decided to run with the story even though the allegations were proven to be false.
In what could only be described as a scathing accusatory piece of reporting, the Salon.com writer described the Pacific Justice Institute as an "anti-LGBTQ group", whose "lie" was "exposed", whose "accusations" are "false", and whose actions are directly responsible for a "16-year-old girl" becoming "a national target for transphobic vitriol, harassment, and death threats."
In a press release issued four days ago, the Pacific Justice Institute explained the following, regarding the case:
"PJI urged school officials to immediately identify any factual allegations they considered to be disputed. School officials have yet to respond to this invitation, but Superintendent Rhonda Vendetti instead gave an interview to a transgender activist in which she was defensive of the school’s actions and dismissive of some of the allegations. This interview was seized upon by advocates, who claimed it somehow proved the story to be a fabrication. Under intense pressure, several news sites took down or retracted their stories rather than investigating further. Not so fast, say PJI attorneys."
In other words, the PJI reached out to school officials from the beginning, seeking clarification of these allegations, but their requests were simply ignored . Instead, the superintendent made time for an interview with a "transgender activist".
As PJI explained, once transgender advocates seized the interview, they quickly used this as "evidence" that the girls' allegations of harassment were false.
In addition, PJI insists that transgender advocates are engaged in a "counter-campaign....to divert attention away from the story."
Brad Dacus, president of the PJI, pointed out that "Transgender activists are in full damage control mode because they know how explosive and damaging to their cause this story is."
Another aspect of this story that the PJI pointed out, which Salon.com did not mention, is that when students began to voice their concerns over this matter, school authorities threatened students with being kicked off of school athletic teams and/or being charged with hate crimes.
A portion of the letter written to Florence High School officials by the Pacific Justice Institute states the following:
"It is our further understanding that, instead of investigating the serious concern that this type of sexual harassment is taking place in campus bathrooms, you met yesterday with some of the students who have raised these concerns and proposed that they avoid using the girls' locker room and limit themselves to a staff bathroom that is far from their classes and is not open during the after-school sports in which they participate."
"Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night." - Psalm 1:1-2
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