Parents getting no satisfaction on bathroom policy

Thursday, June 16, 2016
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Fort Worth ISD buildingParents of students in Ft. Worth, Texas schools continue to express outrage and frustration over a transgender policy allowing boys to intrude on the privacy of girls. 

It's been almost two months since the superintendent of the Fort Worth Independent School District directed implementation of the controversial policy – and still, parents have seen no action to correct the matter. Under the policy (announced on April 19), boys can not only visit the restroom and shower facility of their choice, they also can participate on female sports teams – and vice versa.

Nicole Hudgens of Texas Values tells OneNewsNow that parents were left out of the decision process.

"When these rules were implemented there was no parental input – and the board didn't even vote on these rules," she explains. "The superintendent [Dr. Kent Scribner] simply implemented them, and when parents and concerned citizens found out they began to speak out."

Hudgens

According to Texas Values' policy analyst, a disturbing part of the rules stipulates that if a student admits to teachers or school officials being transgender, none can communicate that to parents.

"Which for us is a major concern," Hudgens continues, "because that's actually in violation of the Texas Education Code, Chapter 26, which talks about parents have the right to know what's happening to their children at school."

When the public found out about the policy ordered by Dr. Scribner, a raucous board meeting occurred, followed by community meetings where the majority of attendees voiced disapproval, and again a formal meeting this week where 90 percent of the speakers opposed placing their daughters, as well as female staff, in danger. The result?

"The superintendent will be creating a task force, from what we've been told," Hudgens responds – adding that no vote was taken to overturn the policy in the interim.

Members of the FWISD school board are elected, so Ft. Worth residents may yet have the final say regarding the policy.

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