Last week, station Ch. 7 ABC News affiliate WXYZ reported that one father pulled his three sons out of the Howell Public School System in Michigan after learning they were forced to use a bathroom with girls.
“My son informed me there was a girl in the bathroom with him and the other kids in his class,” father Matt Stewart told WXYZ.
Kim Russell added:
He called the school. He asked why he wasn’t given notice of the school’s policy for transgender students and their use of facilities, why parents didn’t have a say on school policy, and what the options were to protect the privacy of his son.
Stewart didn’t like the answers. He and his wife then decided to pull their three sons out of school.
“As parents, we decided we were not going to force our children to make the decision between confusion, humiliation, and embarrassment,” said Stewart.
According to Russell, a spokesmen gave the news station a letter that was sent home to parents:
“As has been widely reported, on May 13, 2016, the United States Department of Justice and Department of Education issued significant guidance on the rights of transgender students. This involved the Department’s interpretation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which is a statute prohibiting sex discrimination in educational programs or activities. Those Departments found that Title IX prohibits discrimination against students based on their transgender status.
“With respect to restrooms, the government stated that transgender students must be allowed to access those facilities “consistent with their gender identity.” Any student who desires additional privacy in light of this directive may, however, make use of individual-user restrooms.
“This is a new and rapidly developing area of law. Howell Public Schools intends to comply with its legal obligations in this, as well as all other, respects. Measures will, therefore, be implemented consistent with this guidance in a way which ensures the safety, privacy, and dignity of all involved.”
But that didn’t settle the issue for Stewart, who says that until the school adopts a policy where all children can be comfortable using the bathroom, his sons won’t be enrolled in the public school system.
“My child is now facing the humiliation of choosing to either risk exposing himself to a student of the opposite sex or going to a separate facility. I think there needs to be a solution where every child is comfortable,” he said.
Here’s the video: