Allow trans students at New Lebanon Middle School, Ohio to use the proper restrooms

Allow trans students at New Lebanon Middle School, Ohio to use the proper restrooms

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A transgender student at New Lebanon Middle School in the state of Ohio has been told by his principal that he is not allowed to use the men's restroom in his school. The claims that he is not allowed have thus far been backed by poor logic, such as citing a supposed lack of dividers between urinals. There has been very little citing of actual school rules throughout the meetings this student has had with his principal. 

This student has been given two options by his school for restroom use: the women's restroom and the gender-neutral, single-person restroom in the school's clinic. He was told that, upon a complaint of him being in the women's restroom, the staff would simply out him to whatever student complained, saying something along the lines of him being "exactly where he needs to be". The school clinic restroom is also located very far away from almost all of the classes he attends, forcing him to walk much further than the other students to do something as simple as relieving himself. It was stated in a later meeting that he is, in fact, not allowed to out students without their consent.

This student has been dealing with these issues for his entire school year. Dealing with being banned from his school's men's restroom has become a very stressful situation, and after reading through his school's handbook, he even found out that students are not allowed to be discriminated against for many things, one being sex. Since his biological sex has been cited multiple times throughout his meetings with his school's principal, it is very much possible that, since transgender students seem to be the only target in these statements from the school's principal. Without this petition being signed, this student as well as any future transgender students at the stated above school could face many issues in the future in terms of unjust bathroom rules. This has become a problem that needs to be addressed. 

 

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