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Proposed law would regulate what restroom transgender students use

The bill would require kids to use the same bathroom and locker room as their same biological sex (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Brett Hoffland) The bill would require kids to use the same bathroom and locker room as their same biological sex (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Brett Hoffland)
KENTON COUNTY, KY (FOX19) -

A Kentucky Senator is proposing $2,500 penalties for any Bluegrass student catching a transgender student in the "wrong" bathroom.

The bill would require kids to use the same bathroom and locker room as their biological sex.

Controversy hit Atherton High School in Louisville last year when the school allowed a transgender student to use the girls' facilities, when they were born male, but identifying as female.

This month, Senator C.B. Embry Jr. responded by proposing Senate Bill 76. 

He says parents have a reasonable expectation that schools will not allow minor children to be viewed by the opposite sex while going to the bathroom or getting dressed.

"I just don't think people of a different biological sex should, children, should be allowed into restrooms who are not the same sex that they are," said Kentucky Senator C.B. Embry Jr.

"It's just very problematic and very regressive," said D Watkins.

The bill would also allow transgender students to ask schools for special accommodations, including a unisex bathroom. 

University of Cincinnati student D Watkins, from Kentucky, is currently a member of Gender Block who thinks this just further alienates individuals.

"This should be a process of inclusion versus sending them to an alternate space and away from the norm," said Watkins.

Jess Dykes with Kenton County Schools says right now they don't have any requests for separate transgender bathrooms, but of course value student diversity. She says if approached they'd allow someone to use a faculty bathroom.

"It's already hard enough to get up every morning and put on that strong face and say I'm going to go out in the world today and I'm going to have to deal with this or that so then when you think of something so simple as using the bathroom, a basic human right, it's very hard to have to make that decision," said Watkins.

Schools could also face penalties if they don't comply. Students who see a person of the opposite biological sex in a bathroom or locker room can sue the school for $2,500.

Dykes says Kenton County Schools have a committee in place that monitors different social issues, in case they need to implement any changes.

Kentucky is not alone with this issue. California, Maine, and Utah have either proposed or adopted similar legislation.

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