Transgender students have been ordered to wear wristbands at the Kenosha Unified School District, according to a lawsuit filed on behalf of Ashton "Ash" Whitaker, who was recently prohibited from using the boys' bathroom, apart from being subjected to other indignities.
In a statement sent to Mashable, the Kenosha Unified School District denied having a "practice or policy requiring any student to wear a wristband for monitoring any purpose or for any reason whatsoever." The district added it is reviewing the complaint.
The lawsuit claims students who have identified themselves as transgender are currently being forced by the Kenosha Unified School District to wear badges that visually demarcate their gender identity openly.
A federal Title IX lawsuit filed in Wisconsin on Tuesday alleges that the Kenosha Unified School District instructed guidance counselors to have Whitaker, a 16-year-old transgender boy, and "any other transgender students at the school" wear "bright green wristbands" so that the school could "more easily monitor and enforce [their] restroom usage," reported the Daily Beast.
The lawsuit, filed by the Transgender Law Center on behalf of Ash Whitaker and his mother, notes that Ash has been using the men's room for more than seven months after he was denied the usage by the school, and the rule was challenged and defeated. However, the pressure hasn't been lifted, and now the school's guidance counselors insists he and other transgender students wear a bright green wristband while they are in the school, according to the lawsuit.
The wristband would ensure the school can easily monitor and enforce these students' restroom usage. Additionally, the school allegedly mandated that Whitaker would have to bunk with the girls during the class' orchestra trip to Europe. Moreover, during the recent overnight school-sponsored orchestra camp held on a college campus, Ash was to stay either in a multi-room suite with girls, or alone in a multi-room suite with no other students, reported Planet Transgender.