Hundreds of students at a southeastern Pennsylvania high school walked out of class last week in protest after the district’s school board voted to continue allowing transgender students to use the restrooms they want.
What are the details?
About 400 students walked out of Perkiomen High School on Friday The Delaware Valley Journal reported this. The school district is just over an hour northwest of Philadelphia.
The board voted 5-4 on Sept. 11 to reject a rule requiring boys and girls to use restrooms corresponding to their biological sex, the Journal said, adding that a Republican school board member, Don Fountain, joined Democrats in opposing it the measure was correct.
The issue arose after a father posted on social media that his daughter believed a boy was in a girls’ bathroom and she was afraid to use it, the Journal reported.
“So after a few days I asked her if she noticed anything else and she said she just didn’t use the restrooms there anymore, so she didn’t know,” the father, Tim Jagger, told the Journal.
Jagger then contacted district officials, who said students would be allowed to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity and that Jagger’s 14-year-old freshman daughter could use a single restroom, the outlet added.
After Jagger posted about the situation on Facebook and others were also surprised, he asked the school board about it at a meeting, and several members said they had no idea it was happening, the Journal continued.
Senior Brandon Corner, 17, was among the students who walked out of class in protest, the outlet said, adding that he reached out to Superintendent Barbara Russell for answers.
“She didn’t answer any questions,” Corner told the Journal. “For example, when I asked them to define what a transgender person is.” He also asked, “What is there to protect the non-transgender people?” the Journal said.
His mother, Melanie Corner, added to the Journal that they are not against LGBTQ students: “Their rights should be addressed, but not at the expense of discriminating against the rights of non-LGBTQ students. They should not be asked to give up their right to privacy to accommodate 12 students, especially when the school has three dedicated restrooms for those students to use.”
The policy committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the media center/library at Perkiomen Valley High School.
Fox News interviewed three other students who dropped out of school. Here is the video:
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