Parents up in arms about state law that allows transgender students to use opposite sex bathrooms

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Parents in one Bakersfield school district are fighting mad about a new state law designed to protect transgendered children.

It’s a volatile issue every public school district in the state will have to face.

Tuesday night it was Panama Buena Vista’s turn.

"I strongly believe there will be cases of rape," said one angry parent.

"Transgendered kids who want to use the bathroom aren't interested in raping people they are interested in pottying and pooping," said Matt Guenther of the Bakersfield LGBTQ community.

"It is the schools job to keep them safe bottom line," said another parent.

The Panama Buena Vista school board was under fire for the law they had no part in passing.

Signed by Governor Jerry Brown yesterday the law would allow public school students to choose which restroom to use based on their gender identity.

That means a transgendered male could use a girls restroom at school and vice versa.

"I think it’s a great decision because now transgendered kids are going to be able to feel comfortable going to a bathroom that matches their gender," Guenther said.

"I urge this board to thumb its nose at Jerry Brown and tell him we will not be told how when and where to raise our children they are our children they belong to us," said one angry father.

The law which goes into effect January 1st would also allow transgendered students to use the opposite sex locker rooms and play on opposite sex sports teams.      

"I want to know what the schools are going to do and how they are going to do it in transitioning in preparing our children for this change January 1st," said one angry mom.

Guenther says it’s important for people to understand transgender and homosexual isn’t the same thing.

"You could be a transgendered heterosexual or a transgendered homosexual," he said.

Some parents said they just didn't want to have to talk to their children about the sensitive subject.

"I just want to know how we are supposed to explain our 7-year-old and 6-year-old kids that are going to these schools with sixth graders that they could be potentially be seeing opposite sex personal parts," said one mom.

Others wanted to know why the problem couldn't be solved with a third bathroom dedicated to transgendered students.

"I just think that there are things that we can do to accommodate those children who are the minority I would think rather than make all the other children and the other parents for that matter explain something that is very confusing at this time," a parent said.

The attorney for the district explained board members are between a rock and a hard place.

"The board has to know that you represent every student in the district," he said.

But he also advised the district is already working on contingency plans in case the law does go into effect.

"We do have alternate situations bathrooms ready to go ready to enact if that’s the way that we have to go," he added.

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