MADISON, W.Va. — Following an alleged incident of a male using a bathroom for females at Scott High School, Boone County Schools have reportedly taken disciplinary action.
News of the incident spread quickly over social media.
In response to the event, Superintendent of Boone County Schools John G. Hudson released the following statement to the Coal Valley News.
“There have been inaccurate reports that the administration at Scott High School failed to comply with the recent letter dated May 13, 2016 from the United States Department of Justice and the United States Department of Education (the letter), where the letter, among other things, purports to interpret federal law to require that schools allow transgender students to use sex-segregated bathroom facilities consistent with those students’ gender identity, as opposed to their biological gender.
The recent incident at Scott High School is a student disciplinary issue, and will be handled in accordance with County and State policy, as no provisions of the letter were implicated.
Any further discussion regarding this student disciplinary matter would violate state and federal law as it relates to student confidentiality.
In the coming weeks and months, the Board will begin addressing the letter and the interpretations contained therein.
Please know that our public schools have a responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory inclusive environment for all students. As a school system we are charged with meeting the individual learning needs, social and emotional needs of said students. This must be done in a safe and orderly manner.”
Delegate Michel Moffatt was reached for comment on the matter. He noted, “I think that the confusion in locker room and restroom would be a nightmare on schools with teenage hormones and curiosities.”
Boone County Delegate Joshua Nelson recently began a petition asking for support in requesting the state of West Virginia ignore federal guidelines around bathroom access for transgender students.
In an open letter to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, Nelson acknowledged the possibility of losing federal funds saying, “…this is an issue that is worth standing up over.”
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-369-1165 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]