School closes gender-neutral bathroom after assault but does NOT notify parents

A gender neutral restroom is seen in a city building in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 14, 2016. | (Photo: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

Officials at a Wisconsin high school closed the school’s gender-neutral bathroom but DID NOT notify parents after an 18-year-old student was arrested for fourth-degree sexual assault, child enticement and exposing himself to a child inside.

Austin Sauer, a student at Rhinelander High School, was arrested in late February, according to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, WSAW-TV reports. Media reports have not identified the sex of the minor victim, but the child is likely a girl.

In Wisconsin, a fourth-degree sexual assault is non-penetrative sexual contact with a person without his or her consent.

The school’s rationale for not sending a message to parents was that it was an isolated incident and the student had been removed from the school.

So more underage girls would have to be victimized for it to be a matter requiring parental notice.

The sheriff’s office also said that the accused had not been charged, and the investigation was still underway.

In 2017, the Family Research Council released a list of 21 incidents of men victimizing women in public bathrooms. The group warned that allowing people access to bathrooms based on their “gender identity,” rather than their birth sex, leads to voyeurism and sexual assault.


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