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Female students at an Iowa high school staged a walkout last week to protest the school's decision to allow a trans-identified student to enter the girls' locker room.
About 20 students protesting for privacy rights walked out of Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs at around 10:30 a.m. last Thursday and began a demonstration outside the school’s main entrance.
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According to WOWT, the walkout was triggered by a student who believes that her privacy rights are being violated because a biologically male student who identifies as female is now allowed to use the girls' locker room.
Another group of about 40 other students also walked out around the same time to demonstrate in favor of the trans-identified student being able to use the girls’ facilities. That group’s demonstration took place on top of a hill just to the right of the school’s entrance.
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The demonstrations lasted about 15 minutes before students returned to class.
“I believe if you have the male parts you go to the males’ bathroom and if you have the female parts you go to a ladies room and that's just the way I was raised,” student Brandi Scherlund told the local news station.
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Under Iowa state policy, schools are required to allow students to use bathrooms and changing facilities that correspond to their gender identity.
During the short demonstration, the female students who opposed the policy chanted: “We want our privacy! He is a male!”
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“We felt very uncomfortable with a male who's not doing anything to be transgender going into the female restrooms,” one student said.
Superintendent Vickie Murillo of the Council Bluffs Community School District told WOWT that the state of Iowa has adopted a policy that was pushed on all of the nation’s school districts by the Obama administration in 2016. That year, the Obama administration sent out guidance advising schools...
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