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Oklahoma Mother Sues School District After Alleged Assault by Trans Student

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An Oklahoma mother has filed a lawsuit against her local school district after her 15-year-old daughter was allegedly “severely beaten” by a 17-year-old transgender student in the girls bathroom at Edmond Memorial High School. The incident, which occurred on October 26, 2022, has prompted legal action seeking $75,000 in damages for the victim’s physical and mental injuries, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.

The lawsuit claims that the transgender student had made threats of violence against the victim in the past. He was even searched by police after another student reported the threats. It also references a recently signed Oklahoma law that requires students in public schools to use restrooms corresponding to the sex listed on their birth certificates.

According to the report obtained by Fox News Digital, the transgender student, identified as “A,” entered the girls’ bathroom and engaged in an argument with the victim, referred to as “V.” The confrontation escalated into a physical fight, during which “A” allegedly punched, kicked, and pulled “V’s” hair. The victim and a friend who tried to intervene both sustained injuries, with “V” suffering potential concussion and facial injuries.

Following the incident, Edmond Public Schools Superintendent Angela Grunewald addressed the matter in a YouTube video, explaining that if a parent enrolls their child as a certain gender and the child presents themselves accordingly, it is not something that would be questioned. Grunewald also mentioned that the transgender student’s birth certificate did not indicate a gender, and at the time of enrollment, birth certificates were not required for high school students.

It’s worth noting that in May, Oklahoma agreed not to enforce a ban on sex reassignment surgery and care for minors.

This lawsuit raises important questions regarding school safety, transgender rights, and the responsibility of educational institutions to ensure a secure environment for all students. The case will likely contribute to the ongoing discussions surrounding policies related to transgender students in schools.

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Study finds harmful levels of ‘forever chemicals’ in popular bandage brands

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A new consumer study tested several brands of bandages and found higher levels of fluorine in bandages from Band-Aid, CVS Health, Walmart, Rite Aid, Target and Curad, which contain harmful levels of “forever chemicals,” also known as PFAS.

The study by Mamavation and Environmental Health News revealed that out of 40 bandages from 18 different brands, 26 contained organic fluorine, an indicator of PFAS.

“Because bandages are placed upon open wounds, it’s troubling to learn that they may be also exposing children and adults to PFAS,” said Dr. Linda S. Birnbaum, the study’s co-author and the former director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program.

News Nation reports that the study found the chemicals present in the adhesive part of the bandages. Mamavation said some brands likely used the PFAS in bandages “for their waterproof qualities.”

“It’s obvious from the data that PFAS are not needed for wound care, so it’s important that the industry remove their presence to protect the public from PFAS and opt instead for PFAS-free materials,” Birnbaum said.

According to the study, the chemicals are linked to several health effects, including “reduced immune system, vaccine response, developmental and learning problems for infants and children, certain cancers, lowered fertility, and endocrine disruption.”

While the exposure risk to PFAS through the skin isn’t clear, skin exposure “poses similar health risks” as eating or drinking food contaminated with PFAS, according to a previous study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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