Lubbock ISD Clarifies Its Transgender Bathroom Policy
Following Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick's statement to Texas schools that they should not follow a federal government transgender bathroom policy, Lubbock ISD has released a statement about its policy for transgender students.
Lt. Governor Patrick railed against President Obama and the federal government's apparent push to allow transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with.
"This is not a Republican or Democrat issue, this is a family issue. And when the president threatens the state of Texas and other states that he'll withhold money...we're not going to be blackmailed by his 30 pieces of silver, he's not going to own our children," said Patrick, who has advised Texas schools to not bend to what the federal government wants.
"This is the biggest issue I think for families in schools since prayer was taken out of public schools, and, if this prevails, this will be the end of public schools as we know it," Patrick added.
Lubbock ISD Executive Director of Communications and Community Relations Nancy Sharp issued a statement on the recent controversy.
"Lubbock ISD has no policy on bathroom and locker room use by transgender students. We have not yet received any official communication from the U.S. Department of Justice or the U.S. Department of Education on this issue," said Sharp. "As with anything involving students, we will continue to work through this on a case-by-case basis in a way that upholds the privacy, safety and best interest of all students."
Lt. Governor Patrick appeared Wednesday (May 11) on KFYO's The Chad Hasty Show to discuss his stance on transgender bathroom rights and recent criticism of Fort Worth Superintendent Kent Scribner's decision to allow transgender students to enter the bathroom of their choice according to the gender they identify with.
You can listen to the full interview below.