(WXYZ) — The Plymouth-Canton School Board unanimously passed a controversial policy allowing students to use bathrooms and locker rooms according to their gender identity.
The policy hasn't been much of an issue with at-home learning being the norm, but the new bathroom policy will be in place when students return.
"By approving this proposal, you will literally save the lives of trans kids by letting them know that they have rights, that their lives are important, they have a place at PCCS and that they will be protected from harms," one person said.
In a late-night board meeting, members read public comments from people chiming in on a number of issues, especially the topic of allowing students to use bathrooms and locker rooms according to their gender identity.
"The passing of this policy will allow students to express themselves and live authentically without fear of discrimination or bullying. It is time to extend equal protection to all students," one comment read.
"I'd like to see the number of families that have left since March and more so after tonight's waste of time. It's maddening to be discussing bathrooms. Instead of the lack of education and a plan to get our kids back," another comment said.
The board didn't hesitate passing the the policy 6-0, clarifying concerns. One board member said the policy will not allow males to claim they are female on a day-to-day basis in order to gain entrance into women's facilities.
"This policy was designed to provide safety and a sense of belonging to our students, especially those who are often marginalized, bullied and assaulted at higher rates than general (education) students. It does not allow predatory, sexual behavior, harassment or bullying," one board member said.
Ann Arbor instituted almost an exact policy several years ago, and they say there have been zero incidents of inappropriate behavior.