Common sense is slowly creeping back into the nation and it’s starting in South Dakota.
The State Senate voted Tuesday to approve a law that would require “transgender” students to make use of locker rooms and bathrooms that correspond to their birth gender.
Imagine that! Students using the bathrooms that are built for the anatomy they have rather than what they want to have.
Republican Sen. David Omdahl encouraged his fellow Senators to support the bill. The aim, he said, is to “preserve the innocence of our young people.”
He defended his stance to reporters. “I’m telling you right now, it’s about protecting the kids, and I don’t even understand where our society is these days.”
Transgender bathroom ban
The Senator couldn’t be more right.
This situation of allowing children to enter the private areas of the other biological gender is just asking for trouble.
Anatomy and physiology do not need to be learned by watching the confused kid next to you change clothes for PE in the locker room.
Despite the way the children “feel,” their physical make up is already determined.
With sexual assault cases on the rise, the last thing any administrator should do is throw a girl who thinks she’s a boy into a room full of male students. Regardless of what she believes, her neck-to-knees appearance is going to have an effect on the the young men in the room.
What happens next? Does the “transgender” kid file a law suit for sexual harassment if one of the boys has an erection in her presence?
The situation is not any wiser in reverse.
This bill does mandate that schools make “reasonable accommodations” for the gender ambivalent students such as single-occupancy restrooms.
From here, the bill goes to Gov. Dennis Daugaard. To this point, he has responded positively to the proposed law. He did state that he would need to study it further before making a final decision.
In the meantime, rather than testing students on algebra or literature, let’s just keep testing their control over raging teenage hormones.