School District Approves Policy Requiring Restroom Use to Correlate With Biological Gender

Bathroom sign pdGLOUCESTER, Va. — A school district in Virginia has voted to enact a policy requiring students use the restroom that correlates with their biological gender.

“It shall be the practice of the (Gloucester County Public Schools) to provide male and female restroom and locker room facilities in its schools, and the use of said facilities shall be limited to the corresponding biological genders, and students with gender identity issues shall be provided an alternative private facility,” the approved policy reads.

The six to one vote came after controversy arose over a teenage girl at Gloucester High School who identifies as a boy and thus wishes to use the boy’s restroom at school.

Gavin Grimm, 15, told reporters earlier this month that she began using the boys’ restroom after obtaining permission from the school principal when she expressed disapproval over being forced to use the nurse restroom.

“I’m not a girl. I’m not using the girl’s restroom,” Grimm stated. So I said, ‘Hey, where can I use the restroom?’ … And so they said, ‘Use the nurse’s room,’ and at the time I was fine with that, because I was still afraid—I didn’t know how my peers would react. So, I didn’t want to push the envelope any further than I had to all at once.”

But she said that the option soon became a problem.

“The nurse’s office is at least a three minute walk from the class I have closest to it. It took a substantial amount of time out of my class time, and it was embarrassing,” Grimm said. “When you’re gone for 15 minutes at a time to use the bathroom, what are high schoolers gonna think? It’s humiliating and it’s alienating.”

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So, the student asked the principal about the matter, who suggested that Grimm go ahead and use the boy’s restroom since she identifies as a boy. But some of the parents of the male students soon learned about the allowance, and the issue turned up before the school district.

Earlier this month, approximately 30 area residents spoke out at the district meeting, most of which supported the proposed policy requiring restroom use to correlate with one’s biological gender. According to the Daily Press, one male student said that some of his peers were afraid to express an opinion over the matter for fear that they would be perceived as haters.

“We do care,” he said. “Bathrooms and locker rooms are split based on physical genitalia for a reason.”

But after the board voted to approve the policy, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Education, alleging discrimination.

“Our school boards should be focused on making Virginia schools as inclusive and welcoming as possible,” remarked ACLU of Virginia legal director, Rebecca Glenberg. “This new policy will do the opposite. Forcing transgender students to use segregated facilities not only violates federal law, but is also intensely stigmatizing.”

The Christian legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), however, sent a letter to Gloucester County Public Schools stating that it had made the proper decision for the well-being of all students. It also sent a sample policy for review.

“Any privacy and safety policy should respect all children because every child matters,” stated ADF Litigation Staff Counsel Rory Gray. “Both the GCPS policy and the ADF model policy demonstrate that schools can accommodate the desires of a small number of students without compromising the rights of other children and their parents.”


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  • James Grimes

    Get over it. God made HER a GIRL, so she will have to use the girls’ room. End of story.

  • Gary

    Of course the ACLU wants to enable sexual confusion. I would not expect any different from them.

  • Neiman

    There is no such thing as transgendered people. They are what they are based on their genital organs, but some people are mentally/emotionally disturbed about their gender identity and instead of giving in to their mental impairments, from a secular/human point of view, they need psychiatric help, by non-liberal psychiatrists, to come to terms with their mental problems and their correct anatomical gender.

    From a spiritual point of view, these precious souls need Christ, they need Holy Spirit filled ministers to take control of the demonic influences in their lives that are causing this confusion and crippling them from being all God mean them to be.

    • Tabitha Bingham

      So, uh, how do you explain hermaphrodites? Which bathroom should they use? I’m sure they just magically manifested it themselves as infants because they didn’t believe enough, right?

      • Neiman

        Why do you say silly things?

        Of course this is a special category, this is not the emotion based gender dysphoria they are talking about in this article. Still these people you mention, while having both sexual organs, both are not equally mature and it is up to the medical profession to help identify which dominates and direct the person to corrective surgery and other therapy to enable them to identify with that dominant sexual gender. This is an anatomical birth defect and is not related to the emotional based gender dysphoria we normally deal with tn the news, they are extremely rare.

        I am not going to get involved in lengthy debates about hermaphrodites, they are a special category and a distraction from the cases in the news wherein these people are victims of a liberal psychiatric profession that enables such mental/emotional problems rather than deal with them as emotional problems that can be corrected for the good of the person to help them identify with their biologically assigned gender.

      • Neiman

        Why do you say silly things?

        Of course this is a special category, this is not the emotion based gender dysphoria they are talking about in this article. Still these people you mention, while having both sexual organs, both are not equally mature and it is up to the medical profession to help identify which dominates and direct the person to corrective surgery and other therapy to enable them to identify with that dominant sexual gender. This is an anatomical birth defect and is not related to the emotional based gender dysphoria we normally deal with tn the news, they are extremely rare.

        I am not going to get involved in lengthy debates about hermaphrodites, they are a special category and a distraction from the cases in the news wherein these people are victims of a liberal psychiatric profession that enables such mental/emotional problems rather than deal with them as emotional problems that can be corrected for the good of the person to help them identify with their biologically assigned gender.

      • James Grimes

        Stick to the story.

      • BKSecrest

        The hermaphrodite argument is a red herring deflecting from the actual argument. hermaphrodites make up less than a half of a percent of the populace which makes it very rare and is considered a deformity that is usually repaired by surgery when still an infant.

        • Tabitha Bingham

          The reason that I mentioned hermaphrodites was to give an extreme example of a related issue. I say it’s related due to the fact that gender is not black or white but more of a subtle spectrum for many people. Hermaphrodites may be on the extreme end of the spectrum but many, many people who have gender identity issues find that their issues ARE medically based. The causes may not be as blatantly obvious but they exist nonetheless. I am not saying that there isn’t a minority that identify with another gender due to psychological reasons but they are in actuality most likely a minority.

          Some science to back me up –

          http://www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/news/20031020/is-sexuality-hardwired

          http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Gender-dysphoria/Pages/Causes.aspx

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_identity_disorder

          So no, my argument is not a red herring and yes, I am sticking to the story. I must admit that my original comment was trite and snippy (sorry about that) but my point still stands.

  • aberdeem

    Three minutes is not a long walk for her to protect the other kids.

  • aberdeem

    Three minutes is not a long walk for her to protect the other kids.

  • MC

    Thank God! This country is becoming a cesspool!

  • Noah Plues

    a girl calling herself a boy and insisting that she use a boys bathroom is like a square peg trying to fit in a round hole

  • Richard French

    Girls, Boys, and ?Confused?