Students in Pennsylvania’s Perkiomen Valley School District staged a walkout to protest the school board’s policy allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice.
Proposed Policy 720 was passed after parent Tim Jagger’s daughter felt emotionally disturbed after an encounter with a biological male in the restroom, but the school board failed to vote in favor of transgender students using the restroom of their biological sex, Fox News reported.
“The kids were upset,” walkout organizer John Ott told Fox News. “The girls…we wanted to protect them. They were upset. They didn’t want men in their toilets.
Many students feel like their voices are not heard.
“I feel like it’s me, my sister and the rest of us, students’ rights are now compromised and are no longer a priority for this school at all,” Brandon Emery said.
The school board president said he supported the students’ protests.
“Even though I voted differently than the majority of the board, as board chair, I respect the outcome of the vote and those who voted against the accelerated policy,” Jason said Saylor. “I also appreciate our student body, those who came out to vote at our previous board meeting and the more than 300 students who used their First Amendment right to voice their opinions in support of the policy during their protest on Friday.”
Transgender students in women’s restrooms have been the subject of controversy in schools for several years now.
Two years ago, a girl was raped in a high school bathroom in Loudon County, Virginia, by a boy wearing a skirt, Breitbart News reported.