Transgender bathrooms: what students think
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On Wednesday, February 22, President Trump reversed Obama’s protections that allowed transgender students at public schools to choose the bathroom of their gender identity. Students share their thoughts on if it should be controlled by the state or the federal level.
Senior Caleb White agrees with president Trump’s decision. “It should be a state issue because the smaller the territory, the more say an individual has,” says White.
Not everyone is on board with Trump’s reversal, though. Junior Jake Deetz believes it should be controlled federally. “It should be controlled federally because I feel like it should be allowed everywhere because southern states won’t enforce it,” says Deetz.
Senior Ian Smith has a different viewpoint from White and Deetz. Smith doesn’t even believe this should be a problem in our country. “I don’t think it should even be allowed,” says Smith. “I think a guy could say that he is a girl and go into the girl’s bathroom where there could be a chance of sexual assault. The same thing goes for girls saying they are guys.”
When asked what they would say to those who have opposite opinions, senior Andrea Ricker says everyone just needs to calm down about the whole issue. Ricker says there are already transgender people in the bathroom and most of us don’t even realize it.
Deetz had a lot to say about our country’s current status in regards to transgender men and women. “People need to understand that other people feel differently,” says Deetz. “Transgender is not just a thought, it’s not a choice, it’s based on if people are comfortable in their bodies.”