Georgia school district to allow transgenders to use preferred bathroom

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A sign protesting a recent North Carolina law restricting transgender bathroom access is seen in the bathroom stalls at the 21C Museum Hotel in Durham, North Carolina May 3, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake/File photo - RTX2E99F

School District in North Georgia has divided the community over a recent decision to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice.

Superintendent Carlton Wilson of Pickens County told Channel 2 Action News that it is made mandatory as per a Florida appellate judge’s ruling that all public school students should be allowed to use the restroom of the gender they identify with.

The controversy is brewing where some parents are pushing back against the district’s decision in this mostly conservative town.

On Friday, Becky Hernandez, a parent told the News Station, that “There could be a fight. The safety in general is my concern, regardless of where you stand on the issue.”

Other parents like Rachel Evans are more supportive of the decision by saying, “They would use the stall and it wouldn’t be an issue. They just want to be treated like everyone else.”

Wilson while talking about the several transgender students that attend Pickens High School said, “Every one of these students are our students and every one of the students — all of them — are going through different things in their lives. They all need to be nurtured and loved.”

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