High school students in Pennsylvania staged a walkout to protest a school district policy allowing biological males of the transgender persuasion to use the restroom of their choice despite many girls being made to feel uncomfortable and unsafe.
On Friday, hundreds of Perkiomen Valley School District students walked out of class after the school board declined to put a policy into place that required students to use the restrooms that corresponded with their biological sex, another sign of the growing backlash against leftists who have forced transgenderism on the public, especially within the nation’s educational system.
Students today from @PerkValleyHS exercised their first amendment rights walking out to support women’s rights & protecting girls. Very proud of this student body right now with an estimated 400 coming together for this noble cause. @Moms4Liberty @againstgrmrs @libsoftiktok pic.twitter.com/9AolhAHi5P
— Vicki (@_vickiflannery) September 15, 2023
“Kids were upset. Girls… we wanted to protect them. They were upset. They didn’t want men in their bathroom,” said John Ott, the student who organized the walkout during a Monday Fox News appearance.
Ott’s mother Stephanie suggested that the school district was showing favoritism to the transgenders and wasn’t looking at the “whole picture.”
(Video: Fox News)
“The safety of females is so important and these students that stood out that walked out, they are to be commended. They have courage and they exercise their First Amendment rights. This is about protecting our children and our privacy and boys and girls. It’s simple biology,” she said during a discussion about the controversy on “Fox & Friends First” on Monday.
The district declined to pass Policy 720 which was proposed after a social media post by a dad that his daughter was “too upset and emotionally disturbed” to use the school restrooms after an encounter with a biological male who’s a transgender.
“The fact of the matter is, my daughter will go to school and not use a restroom here now,” said the parent, Tim Jagger, according to local Philadelphia news outlet WPVI.
Another Perkiomen Valley student, Victoria Rudolph, told Fox News that changes needed to be made because the presence of biological males in the girls’ restroom is “uncomfortable.”
“There needs to be some changes. It’s just uncomfortable seeing, 19-year-old men or 18-year-old men in the bathroom,” Rudolph said.
“It makes me feel as if it’s me and my sister and the rest of us students’ rights are now compromised and not a priority to this school whatsoever,” said another student, Brandon Emery who expressed concern that the district isn’t listening to dissenting voices.
“They are making these policies without taking into consideration how they affect the students and how uncomfortable it is just to be a teenager in general, but now have to be faced with the invasion of their privacy in those areas where they should feel safe and private,” Emery’s mother Melanie Marren told “Fox & Friends First” host Todd Piro.
“Although I voted differently than the majority of the board, as board president, I respect the outcome of the vote and those who voted against expediting the policy. I also appreciate our student body, those who came to our previous board meeting to vote, and the 300+ students who used their First Amendment right to voice their opinion in favor of the policy during their protest on Friday,” the president of the Perkiomen Valley School Board told Fox News when the outlet reached out for comment.
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