Tri-State schools react to federal transgender bathroom directive

Tri-State schools react to federal transgender bathroom directive

KENTON COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - Public schools must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity, according to an Obama administration directive issued amid a court fight between the federal government and North Carolina.

The guidance from leaders at the Justice and Education Departments says public schools are obligated to treat transgender students in a way that matches their gender identity, even if their education records or identity documents indicate a different sex.

Some Tri-State school districts agreed with the directive from the federal government. Mason City School District tweeted Friday that the school district doesn't need anyone to tell them what to do, but that they already ensure kids feel safe and included.

 Kentucky's Governor Matt Bevin does not agree with the federal directive and posted the below statement to his Facebook page.

The following statement was released from the Kenton County School District:

"The Kenton County School District does and will continue to comply with all local, state and federal laws. Our schools strive to provide a safe and supportive learning environment, and through valued partnerships and communication with students and parents, the Kenton County School District will meet the educational, social, emotional, and privacy needs of all individuals learning and working in our facilities."

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