“He expressed discomfort over this, talked about how upset he was…how upset the other boys in the class were,” said Holly Franz, mother of a concerned boy.
She says students shouldn’t have to feel uncomfortable because of one transgender student’s wishes.
But school officials say California state law is clear on this issue and states a transgender student has the right to choose the bathroom with which they identify.
“This student is not trying to make a statement by being in the boys’ locker room. He just wants to be a boy. That’s how he identifies,” said Christine Paik, a spokesperson for The Poway Unified School District.
Franz says she was most shocked that parents were never told anything from school officials.
“When I think about all the permission slips that I’ve had to sign over the years for my kids to watch a PG movie or a PG-13 movie in the school classroom, and yet they could be facing a potentially R-rated situation right in front of them in the locker room, and I don’t get to be notified, that’s just not OK,” Franz said.
Administrators say they will try to accommodate both sides, but also abide by the law.
“The bullying is what we're concerned about and our No. 1 priority is the safety and well-being of our students,” Paik said.