Williamston community discusses proposed transgender policy for schools

Community discusses proposed transgender policy
Posted at 7:14 AM, Sep 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 09:52:59-04

More than 100 people gathered in the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Williamston on Thursday night gathered to discuss the proposed transgender policy the school district will vote on in coming weeks.

The proposal will allow students to use the bathroom and locker room of the gender that they identify with, require the school to address students by their preferred pronouns and chosen name, and allow them to play in sports based on their gender identity.

It's a goal to promote an environment that's safe for all students, but people like David Kallman think it only helps transgender students.

"We o need to understand that there are constitutional rights of all the other children too," Kallman says, "including a right to privacy. Their right to take a shower without a 17-year-old, biologically in-tact boy saying that 'well I feel like I'm transitioning to a girl,' and be in a shower with your 14 year old daughter. That just is not acceptable."

The school's policy says if the transgender students are required to use the gender neutral bathrooms it would make them feel different and stigmatized, but other students can use them if they feel uncomfortable.

But some parents feel like that's a double standard.

They're planning on bringing this up at the school board meeting next week to make sure the board and the superintendent know how they feel about the proposal.

The vote was scheduled for Monday, Oct. 2nd, but has been pushed back two weeks to October 16. Public comment will still be held.