Marion schools to consider transgender bathroom rule

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Some Marion County residents don’t want transgender students using school bathrooms that match their gender identity. 

  • Marion County School District to consider transgender bathroom rule next week
  • Measure would stop gendered students from using the bathroom that matches their identity
  • Meeting is next Tuesday in Ocala

Four school board members agree and want to pass a resolution that will keep school bathrooms free of the opposite sex. 

"At the public school system, where you expect your privacy and safety to be paramount, for that person of the opposite sex to walk into his bathroom, it devastated him,” said Hal Phillips.

Phillips says his son was using the bathroom at Vanguard High School in Ocala when a female student walked in. 

The school’s principal says he allowed the transgender student to use the male restroom after the student declined to use an alternative bathroom. 

The next school board meeting is Tuesday, April 26 at 5:30 p.m. at 512 SE Third Street in Ocala. Board members gave consensus to add the resolution as an emergency item to that meeting’s agenda.

Bay News 9 – local-news

April 21, 2016 |

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