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Vermont School Settles With Family Punished for Criticizing Trans Student in Girls’ Sports

Vermont School Settles With Family Punished for Criticizing Trans Student in Girls’ Sports

“We are grateful that the school recognized it was wrong to suspend Blake from school and Travis from his coaching position simply for exercising their freedom of speech.”

In October of last year, a school in Randolph, Vermont, became the center of controversy when some female athletes objected to sharing their locker room with a biological male.

The female students were banned from their own locker room, and the father of one of the students was suspended from his coaching job at the middle school for defending his daughter.

The school has now been forced to settle with the Allen family.

The Daily Signal reports:

Vermont Agrees to Pay $125K to Father, Daughter Punished for Speaking Out Against Trans Student

A Vermont school district punished a father and his daughter for speaking out against a biological male in the girls’ locker room. Now, The Daily Signal has learned, the district has settled with the Allen family in what its legal team is hailing as a “resounding victory.”

That settlement requires that the Vermont School Boards Insurance Trust pay $125,000 in damages and attorneys’ fees and costs to Travis Allen and Jessica Allen, on behalf of their daughter, Blake Allen, and their attorneys with the Alliance Defending Freedom.

Under the settlement, the district will reinstate Travis Allen, the father, as middle school soccer coach, and will scrub any records of discipline against Travis Allen and daughter Blake from school records.

Further, the settlement requires the Orange Southwest School District Board and school officials named in the Allens’ lawsuit to remove any content posted online by the school related to the locker room business as well as from the bulletin board or boards at Randolph Union Middle/High School displaying “love and support” messages to the trans-identifying student.

Alliance Defending Freedom, who defended the Allens, is thrilled with the outcome.

The White River Valley Herald reports:

Phil Sechler, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, however, called it a “resounding victory for freedom of speech.”

“We are grateful that the school recognized it was wrong to suspend Blake from school and Travis from his coaching position simply for exercising their freedom of speech. No one should lose their job or get suspended from school for voicing their opinion or calling a male a male and we are glad to see this case resolved favorably, not only for Blake and Travis, but for all students and coaches to be able to speak freely and without fear of retaliation.”

Travis Allen, in written comments submitted to the Herald, said he is satisfied with the outcome. “This settlement was a huge victory for freedom of speech, not just for Blake and me, but for anyone who wants to voice their opinion on important topics,” Allen said. “Certainly, the victory for everyone to speak freely is the most important achievement with this lawsuit. It was worth it. This has taken a toll on our family, both close and distant. It showed us who will and won’t support us even if they do not agree with our values. Blake’s punishment would not have been reversed had we not filed the lawsuit and I wouldn’t be able to coach in the fall if we had not reached the settlement. I wouldn’t change anything. We currently live in a time where you have to defend your values from some pretty radical ideologies.”

Megyn Kelly once said that the best way to fight this issue is in the legal system.

So far, it looks like she was right.


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There is no such thing as transgender, only mentally confused people pretending to be the other sex. We don’t affirm the delusions of people with other mental illnesses, such as anorexia….

    CapeBuffalo in reply to slagothar. | June 2, 2023 at 8:16 pm

    Once again I fat thumbed a down thumb by mistake, sorry!
    Your first sentence is so simple and so true, transgender is a “construct” as the “ they” for I crowd is won’t to say

    nordic prince in reply to slagothar. | June 2, 2023 at 8:18 pm

    Or body integrity identity disorder.

    Funnily enough, a doctor who would chop off a healthy limb for someone with BIID would be hauled before a medical licensing board and summarily stripped of his license to practice medicine.

    Quacks who perform double masectomies on physically healthy girls and dick-ectmoies on physically healthy boys, however, not only get a free pass, but they are lauded as brave heroes.

This is the only outcome consistent with sanity.

iconotastic | June 2, 2023 at 6:24 pm

Yet the administrators who committed these acts will keep their jobs and not have to pay anything out of their own pockets. This is a charade.

    Gremlin1974 in reply to iconotastic. | June 2, 2023 at 7:55 pm

    My thoughts exactly. The only way to make this insanity come to an end is to make these administrators face discipline and financial consequences.

    CapeBuffalo in reply to iconotastic. | June 2, 2023 at 8:30 pm

    One step at a time Icon. Be happy with the W and keep the heat on. You are right, the next step is getting rid of the scum that push this sick ideology

    Gosport in reply to iconotastic. | June 3, 2023 at 8:28 am

    “Vermont Agrees to Pay $125K to Father, Daughter Punished for Speaking Out Against Trans Student”…

    Not a dime of it coming from fines or penalties imposed on the administrators who made these foul decisions. If the public has to pay the monetary cost those administrators should be paying with their jobs at a minimum.

One down, 1000s more to go:

Following the “Locker Room Incident,” in which an adult biological male showered naked with four freshman girls, the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) sought answers and filed a public records request for the school’s locker room policy and other related documents. But now, the district is demanding $11,000 from WILL before it releases any records.

$125,000? That’s all?

$125K might be appropriate if the person in charge of this charade had to pay it all _personally_. It’s probably not his/her/their entire annual take-home pay, but it’s several year’s disposable income. The court should levy that entire award against the principal or school board president, allow 30 days to pay, and if not paid impose a strict conservatorship on his/her/their finances until the award is paid in full, with interest. That is, a court referee has to specifically allow each expenditure. No trips to McDonald’s, let alone eating out an an expensive restaurant. No steaks on your grocery bill. Gasoline for your car must match the distance to work and back and one shopping trip a week, no more. If one wants to buy a pair of socks, show the referee the wornout pair…

So, is the guy banned from the girls’ locker room or not?

All manifestations of tranny totalitarianism, misogyny and invasion of women’s sports and private spaces, and, child-grooming/indoctrination/sexualization must be fought tooth, nail and claw by rational citizens possessing moral probity

filiusdextris | June 3, 2023 at 2:57 am

Go see the great Matt Walsh documentary available this weekend on Twitter on this subject.

Richard Aubrey | June 3, 2023 at 8:24 am

Sounds like enough fuss to inform the voters. We’ll see what happens at the next school board election.
This is Vermont where Mass. wokesters go to spread their plague.

Trans/social? Trans/neo? Trans/quasi? Trans/homo? The transgender spectrum may be albinophobic, and it is certainly colorful.