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Another battle over bathrooms brews in Brevard

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Rep. Randy Fine is calling for an investigation of an alleged student-on-student sexual assault at a Brevard County middle school. The only problem?  The district says the incident never happened. 

Rep. Randy Fine claims that a transgender girl sexually assaulted another girl in a women’s bathroom at Johnson Middle School over the summer. 

Fine, who wants to make gender-affirming care for children illegal in Florida, wrote to Commissioner Manny Diaz asking him to investigate the alleged incident. 

In the letter, the Palm Bay Republican criticized what he called Brevard County Schools’ “open bathroom policy,” which allows students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity. 

But Russell Bruhn, a spokesperson for the school district, says the incident never happened and that Fine’s claim is false. 

Bruhn says, “Our staff at Johnson deserve better and we look forward to an apology from the representative for his reckless disregard for the truth.”

This school year will be the first that the Parental Rights in Education or “Don’t Say Gay” law backed by Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Republican-led legislature will take effect. 

The law bans the discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation in grades K-3.

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Danielle Prieur