Parents and residents of a West Virginia school district voiced their discontent with the district attorney’s opinion that the school must allow students to use bathroom according to gender identity.
During the Kanawha County School District’s monthly meeting last week, district attorney Lindsey McIntosh discussed a memo she’d previously shared with board members after researching transgender bathroom rights.
McIntosh concluded that federal law mandates the school system to allow transgender students to use the restroom that aligns with their gender identity, citing a U.S. Supreme Court case, Bostock v. Clayton County, as well as another case.
“The Grimm Case out of the Fourth Circuit held that a district policy forbidding a transgender student from using the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity violated Title 9 and the Supreme Court refused to take that up for consideration thus solidifying the holding,” McIntosh said during the meeting.
While the board members made no comment about the memo, parents and community members did.
Resident Derek Evans countered McIntosh with another circuit court case, which ruled it is not discriminatory to separate bathrooms by biological sex.
“The Fourth Circuit might have heard on something, but the Eleventh Circuit has also addressed this issue as an entire body,” Evans said. “The Eleventh Circuit actually ruled and said that a school board policy separating bathrooms based on biological sex does not violate equal protection, the majority opinion included that the policy did not unlawfully discriminate based on either sex or transgender status.”
Evans continued to express his discontent, suggesting the school board members should be fired.
“I don’t know of any employer who would want to hire employees who are knowingly, in my opinion, aiding and abetting the sexual harassment of children,” he said.
Evans then quoted a Bible verse from Luke 17:2: “It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble.”
“I think each of you need to go home, have a long look in the mirror and ask yourself if you deserve to have a millstone tied around your neck,” Evans said. “You ran for a position that’s supposed to protect and uplift children and prepare them for a future career so that they can become productive members of society.
“It is not your role to be social justice warriors who push their own perversion by forcing little girls to change in front of little boys.”
Others also spoke against such a bathroom policy, at least one of whom also quoted the Bible in support.
The board members did not reply before the meeting was quickly adjourned. According to Metro News, residents have spoken on the issue at most recent board meetings with board members remaining silent on the issue.