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Iowa transgender student told to use different toilet


A transgender student at Spirit Lake High School has been ordered to stop using the men’s washroom or face disciplinary action. This week’s sudden decision ended more than a year and a half. Ethan Stucker was allowed to use these toilets in the school building. “It really upset me,” Stucker told KCCI. “And I had no idea it was going to happen, so it really caught me off guard.” He and his mother, Jennifer Larson, said the change came out of nowhere and without explanation. “I had no idea there had been a problem until they called Ethan,” Larson said. “And after the fact Ethan called me from school and he was crying and was very upset.” School officials have refused interviews and conversations about the situation. Superintendent David Smith sent the following statement: “We are investigating the current regulations and are sensitive to both sides of the issue. We have and continue to provide several restroom facilities attempting to address both positions on the problem so that all of our students feel emotionally and physically secure. Larson said the decision is unacceptable and the family are considering their options. “There were concerns that someone would feel uncomfortable,” she said. Law is written, for the comfort level. “Although he was told to use a separate toilet, Stucker refused.” And I don’t intend to, “he said.” Because I have every right to be treated the same as all the other male students out there. ”

A transgender student at Spirit Lake High School has been ordered to stop using the men’s washroom or face disciplinary action.

This week’s sudden decision ended more than a year and a half. Ethan Stucker was allowed to use these toilets in the school building.

“It really upset me,” Stucker told KCCI. “And I had no idea it was going to happen, so it really caught me off guard.”

He and his mother, Jennifer Larson, said the change came out of nowhere and without explanation.

“I had no idea there had been a problem until they called Ethan,” Larson said. “And after the fact Ethan called me from school and he was crying and was very upset.”

School officials declined interviews and conversations about the situation.

Superintendent David Smith sent the following statement:

“We are investigating the current regulations and are sensitive to both sides of the problem. We have and continue to provide several restroom facilities attempting to address both positions on the issue so that all of our students feel safe both emotionally and physically. “

Larson said the decision is unacceptable and the family are considering their options.

“We were concerned that someone would feel uncomfortable,” she said. “And that’s not how the law is written, for the comfort level.”

Despite being told to use a separate toilet, Stucker refused.

“And I don’t intend to,” he said. “Because I have every right to be treated the same as all the other male students out there. “

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