School District Superintendent Eric Herman recently announced that each school in Troy, Ohio, will add a gender neutral bathroom, and allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their self-identified gender identities (video below).
According to the Dayton Daily News, Herman said that school officials were contacted by a junior high school student, who was born female, but self-identified his gender identity as male and requested permission to use the boy's bathroom.
“The decision basically went with legal counsel talking about what the law is and where other people have been on this," Herman told WDTN. "And we made that decision from there."
The law is Title IX, a federal law that was changed in 2014 by the U.S. Department of Education to include transgender students. If a school violates Title IX, then it could lose its federal funds and possibly be sued.
Title IX doesn't specifically say that schools have to create transgender bathrooms or allow transgender students to use the bathroom they choose, but the law does prohibit discrimination, which obviously concerns the Troy School District.
While some parents support Herman's decision, Tonya Morgan, a mom of a student, said: “No, my son, my oldest son is in kindergarten now, and I do not think it’s a good idea for them to share bathrooms.”
Alisha Borgerding, a resident, countered: “I believe it’s a good thing. I think children need to feel safe and secure and be able to be who they are even when coming and using the restroom.”
More than 100 residents, including Troy school board President Doug Trostle and two city council members, attended a meeting tonight regarding the school bathroom issue, reports WHIO.