As the country continues to make bigger strides in the quest for equality for those who identify as transgender, there are still setbacks along the way. One such instance occurred in North Georgia, where the school district was recently forced to reverse its stance on pro-transgender bathrooms after receiving tons of backlash that turned very serious.The Pickens County School District, located in the northern part of Georgia, recently ended its transgender bathroom policy, which allowed trans students to use any bathroom that they wanted. As @People reports, the decision to reverse the previously greenlit decision was due to “serious safety concerns,” including “death threats and student harassment.”The threats also reportedly included graffiti, specifically targeting transgender students. Staff members were also threatened, including the assistant superintendent and a board member. The local sheriff’s department is currently investigating all incidents. The school district has acknowledged concerns from parents, but insisted that school staff monitored the bathrooms during class changes, and would continue to enforce anti-bullying and harassment policies.Part of a statement about the matter released by the Pickens County School District said that the district “acknowledges that it has the responsibility to protect its staff and students,” and due to the threats, harassment and “recently increased demands,” it would be reversing the policy.The rest of the statement read:“The District shall return to bathroom procedures in place at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year until it can consult with law enforcement and other safety professionals so that these concerns may be addressed. We ask that all of our stakeholders exercise patience and discretion until these matters can be resolved.”Superintendent Carlton Wilson revealed that despite the bathroom policy ending, private, gender-neutral bathrooms are still available for any student, transgender or not, to use instead of the multiple-person bathroom.In the meantime, Pickens County says it’s moving forward by looking into organizing a task force of professionals, law enforcement and mental health experts to devise solutions.Roommates, what are your thoughts on this?
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