When we hear stories of allegations of sexual harassment, we often think of the most heinous acts — rape, inappropriate touching, or incest. But for three middle school students in Keil, Wisconsin, a new understanding of sexual harassment is taking shape.
A school district in Wisconsin has submitted an application Title IX Report against three middle school students from Kiel for sexual harassment because they used wrong pronouns when addressing them.
BlazeTV host Allie Stuckey from “Relatable” spoke to Rose Rabidoux, the mother of 13-year-old Braden, who has been accused of sexual harassment for standing up for his boyfriend during music class. Rose explained how a student at her son’s school turned out to be non-binary and wanted to be called s/he instead of s/he.
According to Rose, Braden was struggling because she/they are plural pronouns and he wasn’t sure how to use them, so Rose suggested that Braden use the girl’s name instead of spurious pronouns. Shortly after, the music class nightmare began when the girl allegedly became hostile for being misgendered by one of Braden’s friends.
“She was yelling at one of Braden’s friends to use the correct pronouns, call him profanity, and that friend is speaking very softly and kind of just slumped in his chair,” Rabidoux said. “Braden finally came up to him, defended him and said, ‘He doesn’t have to use proper pronouns, it’s his constitutional right not to use them, you can’t make him say things.'”
“I received a call from the principal of the elementary school warning me and letting me know that I was going to receive an email alleging sexual molestation against my son…I was immediately shocked. I am thinking of sexual harassment? That’s rape, that’s inappropriate touch, that’s incest,” Rabidoux said. “What has my son done?”
This was announced by the Keil school district to Fox News: “The KASD prohibits all forms of bullying and harassment under all statutes, including Title IX.”
Braden’s principal called him and his mother to a meeting to discuss the matter. When the questioning ended, Braden asked his principal what the sexual harassment charges meant for his future, for scholarships. According to Rabidoux, the director just shrugged and said he didn’t know.
Rabidoux’s attorney said there was no basis for wrong gender under Title IX, and courts have even ruled teasing and gender slurs don’t count.
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