A Howell, Michigan school district has stopped the practice of allowing members of one biological sex to use the restrooms of the opposite sex after parents pulled their two sons out of elementary school.
In early June, Matt Stewart’s nine-year-old son came home and told him, “There was a girl in the boys’ bathroom” with him and other male elementary kids. The school principal said the school changed their policy to comply with the Obama administration federal guidance letter issued in May which directs schools and universities to allow transgender students in the bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers of their chosen gender, and not their biological sex. The Dept of Education and Obama Justice Department say violating their new bathroom policy means losing federal funding. Last month the US Attorney General sued North Carolina over the issue.
The Stewart family talked it over and decided to withdraw their sons out of Southwest Elementary School. The parents publicly challenged the school’s decision and said a policy as intimate as this “should involve the parents and should involve our community,” and added, “These are our schools.” The Stewart family, like many families across the nation, are opposed to the Obama directive and have pledged to remove their children out of the public school system in favor of education alternatives to protect their children.
This week Howell Public Schools Superintendent Eric McGregor reversed their policy and issued a statement saying, “At this time, we do not currently have any students using a restroom other than that designated for their biological gender, or requesting to do so. We are pausing on the federal guidance issued to all school districts across the nation…while we work to…gather feedback on this matter.” The school board has asked for their lawyer to review the Dept of Education directive and the issue has been added to their June 13th meeting agenda.
The Stewart family has since sent his sons back to the school.