Transgender child can pick restroom at DD2 school

Transgender child can pick restroom at DD2 school

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC/AP) - The U.S. Education Department says a South Carolina school district has agreed to let a transgender elementary student use the restroom with which she identifies.

The Department's Office for Civil Rights said in a statement that Dorchester District 2 had violated Title IX, which protects students from sex-based discrimination. The office said the district originally had not given access to the girls' bathroom as a result of her transgender status.

The office said the district has agreed to comply with Title IX requirements.

DD2 officials released the following statement:

In accordance with the voluntary resolution issued by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, Dorchester School District Two will provide this student access to restroom facilities, will provide training for teachers and staff to recognize and prevent discriminatory practices of any kind, and will review policies and procedures relating to nondiscriminatory practices.

Dorchester School District Two is committed to meeting the needs of individual students to be successful in our schools.  In addition, the district  works collaboratively to create a learning environment in every school that is free of discrimination in any form.  

Catherine Lhamon with the U.S. Education Department says she's pleased the district agreed to allow the student to use the restroom of her choice.

Nearby Berkeley County said in April that students can use the restroom with which they identify.

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