PITTSBURGH (WPXI) – Three transgender Pennsylvania high school students are suing the Pine-Richland school district over new restroom rules.
Last month the school board instituted new rules requiring students to use restrooms corresponding to their “biological sex”. Previously they’d been allowed to uses restrooms based on their gender identity.
Several unisex restrooms are also available.
“These past three weeks have felt like three years because we’ve felt so trapped and so discriminated against,” says Pine-Richland senior Juliet Evancho.
School board member Peter Lyons released a statement that reads:
“I cannot speak for the board of directors as a whole, but only for myself, in my role as an individual director.
It is unfortunate that five members of our board chose to change a practice of the district that had been in place without controversy for some years. This change was not representative of the respect and support the Pine-Richland community extends to all of our students, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.
Unfortunately, the decision of those board members has now also embroiled the district in litigation that is likely to succeed, places our federal funding at risk, and will become a costly and unnecessary distraction from our mission to focus on student learning.”
In addition to boys and girls bathrooms, the Pine Richland School District also has 10 unisex bathrooms WPXI reports.