Students walked out of their South Florida high schools Tuesday, after the principal was reassigned and other staffers were removed over a transgender girl being allowed to join a girls’ volleyball team.
A recent investigation led to the relocation of employees from Monarch High School near Fort Lauderdale in Coconut Creek. “allegations of improper student participation in sports,” The local school district has confirmed.
“Although we cannot comment further, we will continue to follow state law and will take appropriate action based on the outcome of the investigation,” John Sullivan, Broward County Public Schools’ chief communications and legislative affairs officer, said in a statement.
With the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R) 2021 law will prohibit transgender girls or women from participating in female sports teams.
Peter Licata is the Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools. He said the employees had been relocated because a constituent had called him directly about the issue last week. “some factors that were not appropriate for girls volleyball.”
“We want to do this right,” Licata stated at a press briefing on Tuesday. “Nobody’s guilty of anything at this point. That’s what the investigation is for.”
A spokesperson for Florida’s Education Department said it expects “serious consequences” Anyone who violates state law is guilty.
“Under Governor DeSantis, boys will never be allowed to play girls’ sports. It’s that simple,” In an email, the spokesperson confirmed what was said. “As soon as the Department was notified that a biological male was playing on a girls’ team in Broward County, we instructed the district to take immediate action since this is a direct violation of Florida law.”
Monarch High school Principal James Cecil was relocated along with an assistant principal, the athletic director, and a technician for information management. The school district also said that a school athletic coach who was on a temporary contract had his services paused during the investigation.
Students held signs during their demonstration at a school’s athletic field and chanted. “trans lives matter” The following are some examples of how to get started: “bring back Cecil,” According to NBC South FloridaThis video shows aerial footage of protests.
Students shared with local media their reactions to the controversy surrounding the volleyball team.
“I don’t think it should be a problem big enough for you to have the school’s principal reassigned,” One student WSVN. “At the end of the day, that’s just an extracurricular.”
“I don’t agree with that. He shouldn’t be allowed to play on the team,” Another student also told the outlet that the transgender athlete was a volleyball player. “If he’s a biological boy, I don’t think he should play on the team.”
Safe Schools South Florida, a local LGBTQ+ organization for students, called the employees’ relocation an overreaction and a “glaring misjudgment.”
“The reassignment of faculty is a measure typically reserved for the gravest of infractions,” The organization Said in a Statement. “We urgently call upon Broward Schools to reconsider their approach to this matter.”
Cecil didn’t immediately respond to comments.
Earlier this month, a federal court dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Broward County high school student’s family that challenged the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act as unconstitutional.
According to the lawsuit, this student was born male, but she is transgender. She has taken hormone blockers from age 11 and played soccer in middle school on a girls’ recreational team as well as a school team. Under current law, however, she’s barred from participating in school sports that match her gender identity.
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida The court ruled that the law It does not violate Title IX (which prohibits sex discrimination in the education system) or the U.S. Constitution.