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Transgender Restroom Debate in Mineral County Schools

October 9th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

The Mineral County Board of Education heard from parents this week who claim that transgender students’ use of school restrooms makes them concerned for the safety of their children. The Cumberland Times News reports that while the topic was not on the official agenda, the board held its meeting at Keyser Middle School rather than in its administrative offices nearby to accommodate the anticipated crowd of people wishing to speak on the subject, or show support to those doing so. About 30 people showed up; most Board of Education meetings don’t draw such a crowd. The subject of transgender students’ bathroom usage in county schools has been debated on social media for the last week following an assembly at Keyser High School. Superintendent Troy Ravenscroft clarified the school system’s policies on social media saying that this past June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against policies which force transgender students to use separate restroom facilities. Ravenscroft wrote. “In short: transgender students are allowed to use the restroom matching their gender identity. The school board meets next on Oct. 19