UPDATE: On May 24th, three judges on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia heard oral arguments over the lawsuit, Doe v. Boyertown Area School District.
Judges Theodore McKee, Patty Shwartz, and Richard Lowell Nygaard ruled 3-0 against student privacy. Although the ruling is disappointing, the attorneys representing Alexis and others like her are evaluating their options such as requesting a full panel of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals to review and consider the case.
In 2017, Alexis Lightcap joined a lawsuit to stand up for herself and the privacy rights of all students at Boyertown High in Pennsylvania.
One day during her junior year, Alexis walked into the girls’ restroom. She was shocked when she saw a boy washing his hands. For a moment she froze, then she ran out of the bathroom and told a school instructor. But after the incident was reported to school administrators and Alexis personally told the principal, the school took no action.
Instead, Alexis was informed that the new school policy allows students who identify as the opposite sex to use the corresponding restroom. Because of her experience, Alexis feels called to be a voice and take a stand for privacy rights.
“I am a female representative for all those people who don’t feel like they have a voice. I think helping someone realize that they’re more than what’s happening to them, that they have a voice- so whatever that may be, I want to help someone find it.” – Alexis
Bodily privacy is a Constitutional right that schools have a responsibility to protect. Schools should craft policies that are both respectful of the privacy rights of all children and sensitive to the diverse needs of individual children.
To learn more about Alexis’ story and case, visit AllianceDefendingFreedom.com.