What does "sexual harassment" even mean anymore?
A Wisconsin school district filed a Title IX complaint against three Kiel Middle School students, alleging them of sexual harassment for not using another student's "proper pronouns."
"I received a phone call from the principal over at the elementary school, forewarning me; letting me know that I was going to be receiving an email with sexual harassment allegations against my son," the mother of Braden, one of the three accused students, said.
"I immediately went into shock! I'm thinking, sexual harassment? That's rape, that's inappropriate touching, that's incest" she said. "What has my son done?"
"He [investigating principal] said he's being allegedly charged with sexual harassment for not using proper pronouns. I thought it wasn't real! I thought this has gotta be a gag, a joke…one has nothing to do with the other."
In March, one of the students' peers announced their pronouns to be "they/them." WTAQ reports that "one of the alleged incidents" involving the students supposedly happened in late April.
"She [student that announced pronouns] had been screaming at one of Braden's friends to use proper pronouns, calling him profanity, and this friend is very soft-spoken, and kinda just sunk down into his chair," Braden's mom said.
"Braden finally came up, defending him, saying ‘He doesn't have to use proper pronouns, it's his constitutional right to not use…you can't make him say things.'"
When asked if these incidents demonstrate that she and "her son are against the LGBTQ+ community," Braden's mom replied, "Not at all. Not at all!"
"My children have been raised to love everybody equally," she said.
Braden's mom later contacted the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL), which is defending the accused students against the sexual harassment allegations.
"The charge against students for sexual harassment is an extreme abuse of the Title IX process," said Berg. "It's totally inappropriate and is totally being mishandled by the school district."
What does the Kiel School District (KASD) have to say about this?
Just this stupid, boilerplate statement:
"KASD prohibits all forms of bullying and harassment in accordance with all laws, including Title IX" and will "continue to support ALL students regardless of sex (including transgender status, change of sex or gender identity)."
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