Parents upset about 2nd grade transgender student using girls' bathroom

Parents upset over transgender child bathroom

AKRON - A second grade boy who identifies as a girl is using the girls' bathroom at an Akron elementary school.

This has some parents upset but the Akron Schools Superintendent says the district could lose federal funding if it doesn't follow federal guidelines for transgendered people.

It's an issue being battled in more than a dozen states.  Ever since President Obama handed down the Transgender Bathroom Directive, it's been challenged legally.  

Right now, the issue is tied up in court but that's not stopping the Akron School District from following the directive. 

Stephanie Jones is among a handful of parents at an Akron elementary school angry that a second grade boy who identifies as a girl is allowed to use the girls's bathroom along with her six-year-old daughter.

"I have zero issues that as far as he wants to be a girl.  That doesn't bother me," says Jones.  "My girls can be friends with this kid, but they don't belong in the restroom."

Parents spoke with the principal at the beginning of the school year and were told the child would use a private bathroom.  But that hasn't been the case.

"Title IX guidelines say that gender identity is protected," Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James told WKYC Channel 3's Monica Robins.  "We have to provide the same access to restrooms and locker facilities."

If they don't they fear the risk of losing their federal funding.  According to James, that funding supports fragile students.

The parents are expecting a meeting with the school board next week.  They say if they don't get answers, they may consider legal action.

Monica Robins also visited with Giovonni Santiago, who runs Akron's META Center.  The META Center is a resource and support center for transgender youth.  You can see Monica's interview with Giovonni and tour the META Center below:

 


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