Separate boys or girls bathroom procedure reinstated

Pickens High School, Press Release
bathroom policy

JASPER, GA – In a statement issued on Oct. 16, Pickens County Schools (PCS) announced that the district is returning to its original bathroom procedure due to safety concerns for the students. 

Girls will go into the girls’ bathroom, boys will use the boys’ restroom, and transgendered students will have the option to use the teacher’s lounge or nurse’s bathroom.

Last week, PCS changed its bathroom procedure to allow students to use whichever bathroom that they identify with. The issue was met with extensive resistance in the community. Almost 50 members of the community spoke out about their feelings surrounding the issue to the Board of Education on Monday. Oct. 14.

In its statement, PCS said:

There have been many serious safety concerns raised in the past few days. School board members, staff, and students have been threatened due to the administration’s implementation of Adams vs. St. John’s County School District. There have been death threats, student harassment, and vandalism of school property. The District understands and acknowledges that it has the responsibility to protect its staff and students. However, the District has concerns that it may not be able to meet these recently increased demands. 

Therefore, 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.

PCS asks that all of its stakeholders exercise patience and discretion until these matters can be resolved. 

Additionally, Superintendent Dr. Carlton Wilson stated:

“This is not a Pickens County issue.  It is not a north Georgia issue or a southern issue.  This is a national
issue and it is ripping apart the very fabric of public education making it virtually impossible for schools
to do what they are supposed to do – educating our children.

We are calling for strong leadership at the state level, as well as the national level, as schools and communities continue to grapple with issues like fighting expensive lawsuits and diverting valuable resources from what should be our only focus – educating our children.”

Fetch Your News will bring you updates to the decision as the story develops.

3 Comments

  1. Sandra Padgett October 16, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Thank you so much for making it as safe of an environment as possible in these times. I live in Cherokee co. but I still thank you. I could be moving there ?
    I do think the nurse’s lounge would be good in case one needs a medical person’s awareness of mental problems and should there be bullying it would be a safe place for counciling on behalf of the transgender that wouldn’t be so obvious they were getting advice.

    • Diane Wadley October 18, 2019 at 11:35 am

      It would be a good place in the Nurse’s bathroom until the parent of the transgender complains that their child could potentially sexually molested in that particular situation. Another lawsuit. You simply can’t win in this day of ANYTHING goes. Sad times!

  2. Diane Hogue October 18, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    I for one am im so proud of this desecion im a proud granprent of boys & girl& a great grandparent I am a Christian & will not deny Him or stop saying Amen or will try not to judge any one but what you or & how another lives their life is not my buisness.so with that being said,no arguing no bad mouthing my right to speak my mind Rant over,!!

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