Numerous students from Pennsylvania's Perkiomen Valley School District staged a walkout on Friday due to the school board's decision not to implement a policy that mandates transgender students to use bathrooms that align with their birth-assigned sex.
"Kids were upset. Girls… we wanted to protect them. They were upset. They didn't want men in their bathroom," shared John Ott, the walkout's orchestrator, with FOX News on Monday.
— The Delaware Valley Journal (@DV_Journal) September 19, 2023
John's mother, Stephanie, criticized the district, saying they seemed to focus only on the welfare of transgender students without considering the "whole picture."
"The safety of females is so important and these students that stood out that walked out, they are to be commended. They have courage and they exercise their First Amendment rights. This is about protecting our children and our privacy and boys and girls. It's simple biology."
Policy Proposal 720 was introduced following a social media post by local parent Tim Jagger. He claimed his daughter felt "too upset and emotionally disturbed" to use school bathrooms after an alleged encounter with a transgender student, as reported by WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.
However, the report from the outlet mentioned that neither Tim Jagger nor his daughter could confirm with certainty that the student his daughter met in the restroom was biologically male.
Victoria Rudolph, a fellow student from Perkiomen Valley, expressed to FOX News her discomfort with the idea of biological males using women's restrooms, emphasizing the need for protective measures for girls.
"There needs to be some changes. It's just uncomfortable seeing, 19-year-old men or 18-year-old men in the bathroom," she said.
Another student, Brandon Emery, mentioned that the district hasn't clarified their approach to implementing the policy, giving students the impression that their opinions are being overlooked.
"It makes me feel as if it's me and my sister and the rest of us students' rights are now compromised and not a priority to this school whatsoever," he commented.
When approached by FOX News for a statement, the president of the Perkiomen Valley School Board remarked: "Although I voted differently than the majority of the board, as board president, I respect the outcome of the vote and those who voted against expediting the policy. I also appreciate our student body, those who came to our previous board meeting to vote, and the 300+ students who used their First Amendment right to voice their opinion in favor of the policy during their protest on Friday."
????The Perkiomen Valley School Board in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania rejected a policy to stop boys from using the girls' bathroom.
The good news? Families in the district will have a chance to vote them out on November 7.
Get out and vote to protect your daughters. pic.twitter.com/QC0XwBM1i7
— 1776 Project PAC (@1776ProjectPac) September 15, 2023
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