I could have printed a retraction in a paragraph buried in another news story or at the bottom of this article, but I deemed it too important to take that approach. I also could have deleted the story in its entirety to make the error go away, but that would be cowardly. I decided to leave the story as published as a reminder of how things can go wrong if fact checking is not done in a news story.
I failed to fact check a source that picked up the story about a transgender male harassing females in a high school female restroom at Florence High School in Colorado. In doing so I became guilty of falsely accusing a transgender student in which I profusely apologize. Although the intent of the story was not to ostracize the transgender student, it could easily have been interpreted that way, and for that I am sorry.
Unfortunately it is impossible to "un-ring" a bell, and the consequences of not being careful in publishing a story to the standards expected in a journalistic forum are here to inspect in the comments section. I am dismayed that some dialogue has deteriorated to name calling and character assassination in this article. However, overall I appreciate the professionalism of those that took me to task for having some erroneous ideas about the subject of transgender people.
Through all of this painful experience, I pray the transgender student at Florence High School did not suffer any consequences or negative feedback from the poor information that came from any source including my article that was published below.
Stating the obvious hardly is news, however in this case you can see this and more coming as surely as the sun rises. What is a sham is the fact the school district is allowing a transgender male’s new rights trump that of other students. This clearly is about superior rights and not civil rights.
A male student at Florence High School in Colorado claiming to be a transgender student has been harassing girls in the bathroom. This is an expected outrage as warnings have been ignored about what to expect if students of the opposite sex were allowed access to restroom facilities.
The real travesty took place when parents of the females being sexually harassed complained to school officials, the parents were told the boy’s right as a transgender trumped their daughter’s privacy rights. That's right, sexual harassment is being authorized by the school officials.
As the controversy extended to the rest of the student body who started voicing concerns, students were threatened with getting kicked off of athletic teams or charged with hate crimes if they continued to complain.
The lack of common sense and equal concern of students who are not transgender demonstrates how irrational political correctness is being unfairly distributed. Equal rights is one thing, but superior rights is quite another. Nobody has the right to run roughshod over another’s rights.
One of the important aspects of our United States Constitution is you are free to exercise your rights as long as it does not interfere with the rights of another. Trampling over the rights of the majority and their pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness as stipulated in the supreme law of the land lacks wisdom and the spirit of the law which is the make-up of the law.
The remedy for accommodating transgender individuals is a simple solution, something that escapes the pontificating pinheads who always seem to find the most foolish or costly solution. Unisex bathrooms could easily be provided for those transgender individuals where anybody could use them. This would eliminate inconveniencing or traumatizing those that still have modesty as part of their character. There are many individuals not comfortable with a member of the opposite sex walking into the restroom.
The transgender male who is sexually harassing girls in the Florence High School bathrooms also shows how ridiculous the school officials are for not taking the harassment seriously. One would assume the female students are suppose to welcome the unwanted sexually advances of the male student who has worked the system to have his jollies in the female bathroom with the school’s blessing.
It is only a matter of time before something more tragic takes place because political posturing is more important than common sense. The harassing of female students in the high school restroom is clearly evident that the system can easily be circumvented and exploited, especially when teachers or counselors cannot question that one feels they are really transgender with no outside interference or guidance.
There are too many documented cases where minors are particularly unsure of their sexuality or lack confidence. As with other psychological issues, it is ludicrous that direction cannot be given to those believing they are male in a female body or female in a male body.
What causes a departure from normal sexual development is highly likely caused by environment, a behavior modeling issue, traumatic psychological episode, or a genetic anomaly of some type. Behavior modifications in other psychological areas are used all the time and until a presupposition gene is proven, there should be no arbitrary rules in place claiming change cannot be done.
Education and indoctrination are used all the time to modify behavior.