6/6/16 – 5:04 A.M.
On May 13, President Barack Obama released an order that children who identify as transgender can use the bathroom of the gender they identify with at school. So far, area schools haven’t reported any problems with the directive. The Courier reports Liberty-Benton, McComb, Van Buren and Vanlue haven’t had any students identify as transgender. Findlay High School has had one student identify with another gender.
FHS Principal Craig Kupferberg tells the newspaper, “We just worked things out with the student to make the student comfortable.” The student uses a private bathroom while at school.
Other schools haven’t had to make arrangements since they don’t have any students identifying as transgender. L-B Superintendent Jim Kanable says, “Our number one goal will always be to protect all students no matter what.” He did add that he felt the issue was another example of the federal government taking away local control from school districts.
Superintendents at McComb, Van Buren, and Vanlue don’t have policies in place at the moment. All say they would come up with policies that are in the best interests of their students should they have a student identify as transgender.
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