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Elementary School Sexually Integrates Sleeping Accommodations for Minor


By now, many Americans have read about the latest assault on the dignity and rights of children, on parental rights, and on truth launched by bootlicking public school leaders in bed with “trans”-cultists.


On a week-long overnight school field trip in June 2023 from Jefferson County, Colorado to Philadelphia and Washington D.C., an 11-year-old girl, who in public documents is identified as D.W., was placed in sleeping quarters with three other girls. Before bedtime on the first night, one of the purported girls confessed that he was, in reality, a boy, who is referred to in public documents as K.E.M.

D.W. called her mother, Serena Wailes, who was also on the trip, to express her discomfort with rooming and sleeping with a boy—an arrangement that shocked Mrs. Wailes who, according to the New York Post, had been “repeatedly assured that the boys’ and girls’ rooms would be kept on separate floors of a hotel, and students would need special permission to travel between them.”


After several hours of negotiations with trip chaperones, the boy was moved to another room—still with girls. Adding insult and deception to injury, the three girls originally assigned to room with the cross-dressing boy were told to lie about the reason for the room switch and ordered not to reveal that K.E.M. is a boy.


National Review reports that “chaperones instructed the Wailes’s daughter to lie to her roommates by telling them she needed to switch beds to be closer to the air conditioner.”

Take a moment to absorb the fact that adults acting on behalf of public schools are now instructing students to lie.


Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is representing the Wailes family in their effort to gain clarification on school policy regarding room assignments on overnight trips. Mr. and Mrs. Wailes want to know “whether parents of all students will be informed of the sex of their children’s roommates on school-sponsored trips before the trip” and whether “parents can opt their children out of any policy that rooms children by gender identity rather than sex.” Parents in every school district in the country should demand that information.


ADF makes clear too that ordering children not to reveal information about K.E.M.’s sex, which he freely revealed to the girls, violates the girls’ First Amendment rights.


Jefferson County Public School Board Policy should trouble all taxpayers in the community. Regarding overnight sleeping arrangements, it states,

In the planning of sleeping arrangements during overnight activity and athletic trips, the needs of students who are transgender shall be assessed … with the goals of maximizing the student’s social integration, providing equal opportunity to participate in overnight activity and athletic trips, ensuring the student’s safety and comfort, and minimizing stigmatization of the student. In most cases, students who are transgender should be assigned to share overnight accommodations with other students that share the student’s gender identity consistently asserted at school. … Under no circumstance shall a student who is transgender be required to share a room with students whose gender identity conflicts with their own. (emphasis added)

Has the board explained to the community why sleeping arrangements should correspond to “gender identity,” rather than biological sex? Why should private spaces correspond to subjective, internal feelings about one’s maleness or femaleness as opposed to objective, immutable biological sex?


Why is it legitimate for girls to oppose sharing hotel rooms and bunkbeds with objectively male peers who accept their sex but illegitimate for girls to oppose sharing hotel rooms and bunkbeds with objectively male peers who reject their sex? Why should a boy’s subjective feelings about his objective sex affect girls’ feelings or beliefs about undressing in front of or near him?


Does objective, immutable biological sex have any intrinsic meaning relative to feelings of modesty and the desire for privacy? If not, why do we have any sex-segregated spaces anywhere for anyone? Why not make all of them co-ed for everyone?


If biological sex has intrinsic meaning relative to feelings of modesty and the desire for privacy when undressing or sleeping, why are schools violating the privacy rights of girls and boys by sexually integrating private spaces?


If this objectively male student should be permitted to use facilities with only girls, why shouldn’t objectively female students be permitted to use facilities with only girls?


Since, according to leftists, anatomy is irrelevant to “gender identity” and privacy, should boys who identify as girls be allowed to shower with objectively female peers? Should the male K.E.M. be permitted to fully undress in the presence of his female roommates? If not, why not?


So comfortable is the Jefferson County School Board with deception and the abrogation of parental rights that they codified their hubris in written policy:

In some cases, notifying parents carries risks for the student, such as being kicked out of the home. Prior to notification of any parent or guardian regarding the transition process, school staff should work closely with the student to assess the degree, if any, the guardian will be involved in the process and must consider the health, well-being and safety of the student in transition. (emphasis added)

There you have it. Leftist school bureaucrats are arrogating to themselves the right to determine what information may be shared with parents about their own children based on criteria socially constructed by leftists.


Surely, Americans know by now that “health, well-being and safety” are defined differently by leftists in thrall to the “trans” cult than by conservatives in thrall to science and truth.


“Safety” to leftists means never being exposed to ideas they hate or moral claims with which they disagree. “Health” and “well-being” include interfering with natural bodily processes and slicing off healthy parts of minors’ sexual anatomy.

The extraordinary violation of parents’ and students’ rights committed by the Jefferson County Public School system illuminates the urgent need for the “Right to Parent” ballot initiative here in Illinois to gain enough signatures to get on the 2024 ballot. This ballot initiative is a project of the Parents Matter Coalition of which Breakthrough-Ideas is a part. The public policy question that Parents Matter Coalition seeks to get on the ballot asks voters the following question:

Shall the written consent of a minor’s parent or guardian be required before any entity, person, clinic of school can provide a minor (under the age of 18 years) any non-emergency medical procedure, medication, pharmaceutical, or any gender modification procedure, gender identification counseling, or gender therapy?

Please consider signing this important petition. For more information, click HERE.

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