(UnitedVoice.com) – Various states and municipalities have pushed laws, administrative policies, ordinances, and provisions addressing the use of restrooms by transgender individuals inconsistent with their biological gender. North Carolina and Houston, Texas, spearheaded the movement by passing measures prohibiting the practice in 2015 and 2016.
State Laws Regarding Bathroom Use
So far, Florida has banned transgender people from using restroom facilities consistent with their gender identity in all public schools, universities, and government-owned buildings. Eight states prohibit transgender individuals from using bathrooms in K-12 schools, with North Dakota extending the restriction to some state-owned buildings and facilities.
However, the citizens of the remaining 41 states are currently left to fend for themselves, sparking some noteworthy clashes in state assemblies, school board meetings, and school campuses. Such was the case in a recent clash between school district officials and concerned parents in Pennsylvania.
Hundreds of Pennsylvania Students Stage Walkout Protest
Media agencies nationwide recently exploded with the news of a walkout involving hundreds of students in the northwestern Philadelphia bedroom community of Perkiomen Township on Friday, September 15. The protest came in the wake of the Perkiomen Valley School Board’s (PVSB’s) Monday decision to reject a proposal (Policy 720) restricting students from using bathrooms that don’t align with their biological gender.
Tim Jagger, the concerned father of a female student, sparked the push for the measure after posting a disturbing statement on an unspecified social media post, according to reporting by local ABC affiliate WPVI-TV. He wrote that his daughter was “too upset and emotionally disturbed” to continue using school restrooms after she stumbled across a person in one she thought may have been a transgender boy.
Fox News spoke with John Ott, the organizer of the student protest. He told the media outlet that “kids were upset.” and “[their parents] wanted to protect them,” adding that female students didn’t want to encounter “men in their bathroom.” His mother, Stephanie, accused school district officials of pandering to transgender students’ so-called rights instead of looking at the bigger picture.
Stephanie commended the protesting students for having the courage to stand up for the safety of female pupils. Cutting to the chase, she pointed out that the controversy wasn’t complicated to understand. Concerned parents want to protect their children and their unquestionable right to privacy. “It is simply biology,” she proclaimed.
Ample Cause for Concern?
Sadly, there appears to be evidence justifying parental concern. For instance, a so-called “gender-fluid” teenage boy recently pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a female classmate in a school bathroom in Virginia. A Loudoun County juvenile judge previously determined the 15-year-old forced another girl to commit a lewd act with him in a different public school.
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