LOGAN, W.Va. — Logan County Schools has entered the ongoing issue surrounding the use of school bathrooms by transgender students.
The issue was brought to the forefront of national politics when a law passed in North Carolina known as “House Bill Two” required citizens to use public restroom facilities that correspond to the gender marked on their birth certificate rather than the facility they feel corresponds to their gender identity.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch responded with a civil rights law suit which seeks to stop implication of House Bill Two.
In July 2016, Attorney General for the state of West Virginia Patrick Morrisey joined a dozen other states in filing a lawsuit to stop the federal mandates surrounding public bathrooms and transgender persons.
Morrisey recently issued a press release in which he proclaimed a victory in what he sees as a fight against a perceived federal overreach.
A court on the Texas federal circuit issued an injunction which reportedly ends the threat of revocation of federal funding from schools who buck the federal guidelines.
It was in this atmosphere of swirling politics, morals and social justice that an administrator at Logan County School reportedly told another news outlet Logan County Schools would comply with federal bathroom guidelines.
During an interview with the Logan Banner, president of the Logan County Board of Education (BOE), Paul Hardesty explained he sees the transgender bathroom guidelines not as an administrative issue but as a policy issue to be determined by the board.
While the BOE has not passed an official policies for bathroom guidelines involving transgender students, Hardesty noted the issue would most likely be taken up by the board sooner rather than later.
While Hardesty noted he is personally against the federal guidelines, he also explained he would want the issue handled on a case-by-case basis in the most respectful and private way possible.
Hardesty said, “As a standalone board member, I would have to say I would not allow a male who identifies that day as a female to go into a girl’s public restroom. I would, however, hope that our schools try to make every option available if a child wanted to use a unisex bathroom. To have boys going in girl’s public restrooms and vice versa, I would not support that scenario.”
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]