School To Allow Boy In Girls Restroom

School To Allow Boy In Girls Restroom

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Bad Idea

London, KY

#1 Jul 9, 2014
Decision To Allow Transgender Boy To Use Girls' Bathroom At Louisville School Stirs Debate

Several parents and students appealed the decision of a Louisville high school to allow a transgender boy to use the girls' bathroom during a Tuesday night meeting.

The Atherton High School Site Based Decision Making Council agreed to the bathroom policy by a 9-1 vote last month. But during Tuesday's meeting several students and parents said it raises safety and privacy issues.

"Myself and the other students who are females are uncomfortable with going to the restroom with a physically male student," one student told the council.

Sophomore Kara Roper said other students share concerns, but won't voice them.

"There are many other people that are just afraid to speak, and they have different religions, and they don't feel safe."

Phil Arnold, a parent, also addressed the council.

"I wouldn't want to take anybody's right away to use the restroom or the showers. But I would not see their rights impinge upon the rights of many more people that would like to use those same facilities undeterred and without fear," he said.

But the principal told the group the school hasn't had an indecent exposure issue, and if they do, staff and administrators would deal with it. Other council members agreed the arguments weren't strong enough to change policy.

Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman said he was pleased with the decision.

"I think we'll see more gender neutral rest rooms cropping up, but for right now, this is a great solution that Atherton has come to, and we're happy for it," he said.

Parents opposed to the policy have the option of another review. An attorney representing the parents says under the district's bylaws it would go to the Jefferson County Public School Superintendent.
Bad Idea

London, KY

#2 Jul 9, 2014
WKYT states it also includes the girls' locker room.

LOUISVILLE, Ky.(WKYT)- A policy some consider controversial will stay instated at a Louisville high school.

The policy, which allows transgender students to use the restrooms and locker rooms of their choice, has been protested since the school's council approved it last month.

Atherton's principal, Thomas Aberli, school's council rejected an appeal of the policy Tuesday.

Opponents of the policy say it violates the law and brings worries for safety and liability.

Since: Sep 09


#3 Jul 10, 2014
It also covers locker rooms? I’m female and haven‘t been out of high school that long. Anyone that’s seen my past posts has seen I’ve always been supportive of the rights of gays. Even ‘fully supporting’ the right to marry. Being gay, including marriage, is something that goes on between individuals and brings no harm to anyone else. I will not change my stand on those things. But because I support gays in their Constitutional rights I still wouldn’t use the restroom with or take my clothes off in a locker room in front of a gay man (or any man I wasn’t in a relationship with or very close friends with). And, if I was still in high school, it (the restroom and locker room thing) would most likely be on a regular basis at school. Especially if after him seeing me partially undressed or nude I had to sit everyday in classes with him.

It’s the same with transgender. He, a guy ….. straight, gay, or transgender ….. has no business or right to see me changing clothes. That affects my rights. I’m not religious (that anyone can see from my past posts) or inhibited, but that doesn’t mean I want to be in a restroom or locker room with a guy I only know from being in one or two of my classes or I see in the hallway. I can only imagine how a religious or inhibited girl will react to having to change clothes, or be nude, or use a restroom with a male student present.

If the school wishes to consider transgender rights they should do so without violating the rights of the young girls. The transgender movement is attempting to do the same thing the rednecks, religious-extremists, and groups like the kkk do ….. which is ’force’ their beliefs on others. But in this case it’s far worse, they want to force teen girls to use restrooms and undress in locker rooms with teen boys present. A third restroom and place to change would be the way to do it. Some malls have unisex restrooms and it works out at them. When a school passes a policy such as this they should be required to add such a restroom and changing area. But ‘not do’ what this school is doing and require (force by school policy) teen girls to be in a state of undress or use a restroom in front of males students.

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