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Science Teacher Comes Out as ‘Transgender’ Via Video to Elementary Students

Science teacher Mark “Vince” Busenbark of Frank Allis Elementary School in Madison, Wis., was given permission by school administrators to show his “transgender coming out” video to all the K-5th grade students in the school on May 16. The video was shown without prior parental consent and without the option to exempt chidren from watching the video.

Busenbark revealed himself as the new persona “Vica Steel,” asked students to call him by the title “Mx,” and to refer to him by using the pronouns “they,” “them,” and “their.” He also read this from the book They Call Me Mix by Lourdes Rivas: “Are you a boy? Or a girl? How can you be both? Some days I am both. Some days I am neither. Most days, I am everything in between.” Sadly, Busenbark has a wife, Stella Steel, whose last name he will now be using.

Liberty Counsel is looking into whether the video violated the school district’s policy that says “all instruction should be age-appropriate, medically accurate, non-stigmatizing, and inclusive for all students.”

In a statement, Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel said, “It is outrageous that school administrators would allow a male science teacher to expose children to propaganda that promotes confusion about basic biology, and to instruct students to address him by a false name, title and pronouns.”

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Will SCOTUS Review School District’s ‘Transgender’ Bathroom Policy?

The Kenosha Unified School District in Wisconsin is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that requires the district to allow an 18-year-old biological female who self-identifies as a male, Ashton Whitaker, to use the boys’ restroom. The Circuit Court upheld the student’s claim that restricting restroom usage based on biology was discriminatory. The school stands by its policy and warns that this case could lead to more privacy concerns down the road.

There could be a silver lining to this case, however. Three weeks ago, we reported on a similar case in Virginia that will likely be dismissed because the student in question graduated and there was no longer a “controversy” to settle. That same legal principle could be applied in this case since Whitaker has now graduated.

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Wisconsin Students Get Credit for Faith-Based Volunteering

Students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire are now allowed to use volunteer work at faith-based organizations to count toward the required 30 hours of community service in order to graduate. The university had originally denied Alexandra Liebl’s request to use her credits as a volunteer religious education assistant at her local Catholic church to satisfy the community service requirement. After Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit on Alexandra’s behalf, the university agreed to drop its unconstitutional policy.

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