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Standing Against Transgender Bathrooms in Darlington County Schools

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An open letter was sent by the Obama Administration, signed by the DOJ and Dept of Education, to schools across the country, telling them they must allow students to use the restroom of their chosen identity, not the gender reflected on their birth certificate. This letter threatened that if our schools did not follow their (our present Administration's) interpretation of said civil rights laws, that they would face loss of federal aid and could also face lawsuits.

Darlington County School District, on May 13th, issued a public statement which read, “The Darlington County School District is committed to providing a safe, inclusive and respectful environment for all of our students. We will continue to comply with all federal laws and regulations.”

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Upon asking for clarification from the district, many were met with a very diplomatic response, stating that 'all students, regardless of gender identity, will be made to feel safe and welcome,' and issues will be treated on a 'case by case basis' while the 'Board takes an in-depth look' at what they need to do. It was followed up with an email stating:

"You may certainly express your concerns to our Board of Education (contact info listed below); however, their power is limited in this case. True change will need to come on the legislative level. For that, you will need to contact:

Senator Lindsey Graham

Pee Dee Regional Office

McMillan Federal Building

401 West Evans Street, Suite 111

Florence, SC 29501

Main: (843) 669-1505

Fax: (843) 669-9015

Washington Office

290 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

Main: (202) 224-5972

Fax: (202) 224-3808

Senator Tim Scott

Midlands Regional Office

1301 Gervais Street, Suite 825

Columbia, SC 29201

Main: (803) 771-6112

Fax: (855) 802-9355

Washington Office

520 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

Main: (202) 224-6121

Fax: (202) 228-5143

Representative Tom Rice (7th District)

Pee Dee Regional Office

1831 West Evans Street, Suite 300

Florence, SC 29501

Phone: 843-679-9781

Fax: 843-679-9783

Washington Office

223 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-9895

Fax: 202-225-9690

Darlington County Board of Education information can be found here:

Thank you,

Audrey Childers"

To believe that our District has no choice but follow these threatening "recommendations" for fear of loosing funding or lawsuit is absurd. Many districts across this great country are holding their ground and saying 'NO!' to this threat of our civil liberties. Presently, if a child (or adult) of the opposite gender is in a restroom or changing area, we have red flags. Be removing that safety net, we're opening Pandora's Box and putting our children in harm's way -physically, emotionally, and spiritually. As parents, grandparents, caregivers, and tax payers alike, we will stand firm and protect our children - saying we will not agree to this sharing of facilities. Our children will not have to be forced to deal with an added stress, especially during adolescence, or be made uncomfortable by wondering who will walk through that bathroom/locker room door. It's our job to protect our children and to stand up for our civil rights.

By signing this petition, we are saying 'NO!!' to changing our present course. We will not be bullied into putting our children at risk. We demand the elected to speak FOR US and say 'no' to this directive. In addition, we also ask that you contact the above listed elected officials and voice your concerns. It would seem that our board has been misinformed and feels that they have "limited power" and must comply with this 'recommendation.' #standupDarlington

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