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Georgia school district reverses transgender-friendly bathroom policy after death threats

Pickens County School Board changed its policy this week, citing "death threats, student harassment and vandalism of school property" in the news release.The policy had allowed transgender students to use restrooms that aligned with their gender identity instead of a single-stall, gender-neutral bathroom, according to CNN affiliate WSB. The board voted to reverse the policyin an emergency meeting called by Superintendent Carlton Wilson, WSB reported."The District understands and acknowledges that it has the responsibility to protect its staff and students. However, the District has concerns that it may not be able to meet these recently increased demands," the school board's release said, adding that the reversal is in place until law enforcement and safety professionals can be adequately consulted.Parents had raised concerns about the bathroom policy at an October 14 school board meeting.The county board of education noted in an earlier news release that a transgender student had "requested to use the restroom which that student identifies with and the administration has permitted that use."Multiple parents at the local high school expressed concerns over the administration's decision to permit the student to access the restroom and believed that it would jeopardize the "safety of the high school students," the news release said.Wilson said that part of the decision to adopt a policy that allowed transgender students to use the restrooms of their identity came from a federal court ruling in Florida, Adams vs. St. John's County, Read More – Source

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