Transgender student suspended for using bathroom at SC high school
A transgender student was suspended from Socastee High School after using the bathroom.
At Socastee High School in South Carolina, a trans student was suspended for using the bathroom that corresponds with his gender identity.
The student, who is remaining anonymous, started transitioning in middle school. He and his family met with school administrators and decided he should use the boys’ bathroom, so throughout high school, he did.
But recently, a teacher noticed the student walking out of the boys’ room. The next day, he was called into the administrative office and told to either use the women’s room or go to the nurse’s office. Most people at school don’t know the student is trans, so his family believes the teacher who saw him looked up his records, outing him to other teachers and students.
Two weeks ago, the student left an assembly to use the bathroom and passed teachers along the way. Although a teacher said to use the closest bathroom, the child said it was dirty and went to the next one. The student said the teacher followed and the boy’s bathroom was used. The next day the child was suspended from school for a day.
“They did not give me a copy of the write up,” his mother said. “They did not talk to me.”
The student is now enrolled in an online school. The mother said her child is missing out on everything else school offers.
“He had to stop drama,” the mother said. “He had to drop out of the play he was doing.”
The child’s mom worries about this happening to other transgender students in Horry County Schools.
“Let the transgender kids be themselves,” she said. “Let them be safe and let them be comfortable. Let them have their education in an environment where they are not harassed or felt to be unsafe.”
This school is refusing to cooperate with Title IX guidelines. They’re violating a student’s right to privacy. They’ve told the student he needs a doctor’s note in order to get the issue resolved. AND they’re taking an innocent child out of class – literally removing him from the opportunity to learn – because he had to pee? In what universe do these educators think this is okay?