Students in Missouri walked out of classes Monday morning both supporting and protesting a school policy that allows a male student who identifies as female to use the girls’ restrooms and showers.
The transgender student has quit the P.E. class which required use of the opposite sex’s facilities. Nonetheless, some 200 students at Hillsboro High in Hillsboro, Illinois, walked out for almost two hours to either express their displeasure or support for the new policy.
Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute says this policy is a result of a Department of Education agenda.
“This school district considers themselves to be under pressure from the U.S. Department of Education, which has made an effort to try to intimidate high schools all across the country to change their policies to allow opposite-sex kids into locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms, irrespective of the wishes and desires of the young boys and girls being impacted,” he explains.
He says ultimately this goes right to the top, to the president himself.
“[It comes from] President Obama’s U.S. Department of Education,” he tells OneNewsNow. “And make no mistake, if it didn’t have his blessing and his sanctioning, there is no reason to believe it would be engaging in these kinds of outrageous intimidation tactics with public schools across the country.”
Despite the walkout, Hillsboro school officials are standing strong in their efforts to promote tolerance for LGBT students.