Parents showed up to a school board meeting in Troy, Ohio, on Monday night to protest the Troy City Schools Board of Education’s decision to let transgender students pick the bathroom they want to use, the Dayton Daily News reports.
On Aug. 28, district Superintendent Eric Herman announced the new policy that would let male or female students that claim to be transgender use whichever bathroom they wanted, regardless of their biological sex. According to school district officials, the new policy is a reflection of Title IX, in accordance to the advice given from school lawyers. (RELATED: High School Students Protest Transgender Bathroom Use)
Parents weren’t buying the argument from the administration. Local parent James Meyer drew cheers from the crowd when he suggested that the school “refuse the Title IX money and increase my taxes” instead of allowing transgender students to use whatever bathroom they desire, the Daily News reports.
Less than 20 percent of all people that spoke at the meeting supported the school district’s controversial decision.
The decision regarding transgender bathroom use comes on the heels of a federal judge denying a female transgender student’s right to use whatever bathroom she wanted in a Virginia public school, according to The Washington Post.
Gavin Grimm, born a girl, had been using a boys bathroom for weeks when the Gloucester County School Board passed a rule that students must use the bathroom that corresponds with the biological sex organs they were born with. (RELATED: Va. County Imposes Transgender Lessons On Middle Schoolers)
Federal Judge Robert G. Doumar of the Eastern District of Virginia denied Grimm’s request for a preliminary injunction, which means that Grimm will be forced to use the girl’s bathroom, and her days of the using the boy’s bathroom appear to be over.
The ACLU has promised to appeal Judge Doumar’s decision.