William S. Hart Union High School District administrators are providing alternative accommodations for students who are concerned about sharing a locker room and restrooms with transgender students.
Controversy erupted earlier this week when a Facebook page emerged in protest of an invasion of privacy on campus.
In a Facebook comment to SCVTV from Tammy Naso, Golden Valley High School parent Eric Guest alleged that a student who was born male but identifies as a female has been using the girl’s restroom and locker rooms.
Guest goes on to say, “As a concerned parent I voiced my opinion and concerns about this issue. I also requested some kind of change. This situation is outrageous and completely inappropriate. In what world do you think it is OK for a ‘boy’ with male reproductive organs to dress or participate in any women’s bathroom privileges? I understand the state of California has passed some ridiculous law allowing this, but at some point the schools should stand up for what’s right, especially when it has to do with the female privacy rights being taken away.”
One student didn’t think the issue was with students feeling uncomfortable, but with parents who do not agree with the situation.
“The girls don’t have the problem, they understand,” said 15-year-old Libby Toledo, who is a student at Golden Valley High School. “I heard (s)he changes in the bathroom, I don’t think it’s the students, it’s more the parents.”
The school district is bound to follow California law which requires that every student be allowed to participate in sex-segregated school programs and use facilities consistent with his or her gender identities, regardless of what is listed on the student’s record.
“While the district cannot address the details regarding any specific student, we can say with fidelity that the district is committed to the safety of all students and we completely respect each and every student’s right to privacy and modesty while using the locker rooms or restrooms on campus,” said Dave Caldwell, public information officer for the William S. Hart Union High School District in a statement Friday. “Any student that is uncomfortable with the use of a public area will have access to a private room for changing or a private restroom.”