TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – It’s been almost a year since the Troy City Schools district implemented a gender neutral bathroom policy.
Now, the district has become a role model for others.
“From the Miami Valley, Columbus, a little bit of everywhere,” said Eric Herman, Troy City Schools superintendent.
The district put the policy in place in August of 2015 to accommodate a transgender student. After dozens of complaints from parents and people who don’t even live in Ohio, the district is ready to move on.
“Everyone has rights and everyone needs to feel safe and protected and that’s what we do as a public school,” said Herman.
Herman says he understands the high emotions surrounding the change, but says as a public school they want to accommodate all of their students.
“The students are really good, they are fantastic. Once they understood what was happening, they were fine. They dealt with it like anything else,” said Herman.
Last week the Obama administration announced every school should have a policy like Troy’s in place. Herman says he’s glad to see the government weigh in.
“I think that’s where it started. We’re just trying to do our daily jobs and I think this is kind of bigger than all of us,” said Herman.
Transgender people face alarmingly high suicide rates, 41% try to kill themselves at some point in their lives, compared with 4.6% of the general public.
We reached out to the local trans community for reaction, they say many commit suicide because they are scared to identify in fear of rejection from society. They hope gender neutral bathrooms in schools will decrease suicide numbers among young transgender people.