In early June, Matt Stewart’s nine-year-old son told him, “There was a girl in the boys’ bathroom” with him and other male elementary kids. The school principal said the school changed their policy to comply with the Obama administration federal guidance letter issued in May which directs schools and universities to allow transgender students in the bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers of their chosen gender, and not their biological sex. The Dept of Education and Obama Justice Department say violating the new bathroom policy means losing federal funding.
The Stewart family talked it over and decided to withdraw their sons out of Southwest Elementary School. The parents challenged the school’s decision and said a policy as intimate as this “should involve the parents and should involve our community.” They added, “These are our schools.” Families across the nation are opposed to the Obama directive and have taken a more active role at school board meetings and PTO groups to stop these policies from being accepted. Many have publicly pledged to remove their children out of the public school system and find education alternatives if the policies accepted.
This week Howell Public Schools Superintendent Eric McGregor said the school reversed their policy. He issued a statement saying, “At this time, we do not currently have any students using a restroom other than that designated for their biological gender, or requesting to do so. We are pausing on the federal guidance issued to all school districts across the nation…while we work to…gather feedback on this matter.” The school board has asked for their lawyer to review the Obama directive and the board has added the item to their June 13th meeting agenda.
The Stewart family has since sent his sons back to the school.
Former presidential candidate Gary Bauer said that Stewart’s action shows the way parents should respond to school districts that follow the controversial federal bathroom rules. Bauer stated that families who follow the Stewart’s action should be encouraged because standing against Obama’s guidance letter will remind local school officials who they work for and it also demonstrates to your children that fighting back against big government is as old as the American Revolution.