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The New York Post claims

A Wisconsin school district has filed sexual harassment complaints against three middle schoolers for calling a classmate by a wrong pronoun.

They cite fox17.com as source, which returns error-message 403 Forbidden. A rudimentary search finds similar headlines, but few sources with reputation.

Have there been filings of sexual harassment against three middle schoolers? If so, are these because of misusage of pronouns?

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    The Fox source works for me and appears to have at least one reputable enough source backing it. Can you check out Archive.org?
    – Laurel
    May 16 at 14:50

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This appears to be accurate according to local news sources. Parents want Kiel boys cleared of sexual harassment accusations:

KIEL, Wis. (WBAY/Gray News) - The parents of three Wisconsin middle school students are asking the school district to stop a sexual harassment investigation into their sons and clear their records of any sort of charges or investigation.

The parents say that according to the Kiel Area School District, the Kiel Middle School students are under investigation for mispronouncing pronouns when referring to a classmate.

Last month, the parents of the three eighth-graders were notified their sons were being charged by school district officials with sexual harassment. A section of Title IX prohibits gender-based harassment in the form of name-calling on the basis of sex.

The district claims the boys were not referring to the student’s requested pronouns of “they” and “them.”

Rose Rabidoux, the mother of a student involved, told WBAY she accompanied her son the day after the notification to an interview with school officials. She told them the use of the pronouns was confusing to her son, and he had no obligation to refer to the classmate by those pronouns.

“Sexual harassment, that’s rape, that’s incest, that’s inappropriate touching,” Rabidoux said. “What did my son do? He’s a little boy. He told me that he was being charged with sexual harassment for not using the right pronouns.”

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    @OwenReynolds I am not sure those details really matter for this situation as the question is just asking did something happen which the article appears to confirm did happen.
    – Joe W
    May 19 at 12:56
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    @JoeW But the they/them issue isn't a detail -- it's the point of the question. Sure, it's possible the kid called the student "she" instead, or awkwardly avoiding using pronouns ("bob did this, then bob go up and I said to bob..."), but we don't know. The school seems mum. Maybe the mother is papering over serious sexual harassment. For Skeptics this feels like a maybe -- more info should come out later. May 19 at 14:15
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    @OwenReynolds I am confused as to what you are getting at here, the question itself makes no mention at all about what the sexual harassment was. In fact none of the articles I have seen even mention the gender of the students that the harassment was directed at and I am guessing that was a direct choice. Since they are not releasing the gender of the students in question why would they release what they were being referred to as since that would release information that they are hiding. I was able to answer the question that the charges happened.
    – Joe W
    May 19 at 14:50
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    @OwenReynolds As for your question about the mom possibly papering over serious sexual harassment charges I think that is somewhat addressed with my inclusion of what she thinks that sexual harassment means. Either way we can't get all the information about the case if they are not releasing it due to the age of the people involved. We only know the accused gender because the parents released it.
    – Joe W
    May 19 at 14:52
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    @OwenReynolds I am not sure why it matters what pronouns were being used in this case because it doesn't matter if the victims are male or female and were called he/him or she/her as sexual harassment doesn't change based on the gender of the victim. Something is either sexual harassment or isn't and the gender of the victim doesn't change that.
    – Joe W
    May 19 at 15:45

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