February 22nd, 2017
Statement from Citizens for Community Values President Aaron Baer
“The last thing that should be on a student’s mind when going to school is whether their safety and privacy will be protected. That’s why I am glad common sense has prevailed and President Obama’s unconstitutional and dangerous mandate on schools regarding bathroom, locker room, and shower use has been rescinded today.
Simply put, the federal government has no business regulating neighborhood school bathrooms.
Schools are able to provide a safe environment for all students – including transgender students – without compromising the security and privacy of other students. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration was threatening Districts with the loss of federal funds if they didn’t allow, for example, biological boys to use the girls’ locker rooms and bathrooms. The administration even required that schools allow boys to participate in girls’ athletics and stay with girls on overnight school trips.
I am deeply grateful Secretary Betsy DeVos, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and the Trump Administration rescinded the mandate and are putting the safety of our students before a political agenda.
Now it’s crucial for all Ohio school districts that changed their policies in response to the Obama administration’s threats to restore their original policies which protected the privacy and safety of all students.”
Citizens for Community Values works to create an Ohio where God’s blessings of life, family, and religious freedom are treasured, respected, and protected.