500 Parents, Most Wanting to Ban Transgender Students From Using the Right Restroom, Invoke Christian Hymn to Drown Out a Lone Supporter of Transgender Students' Rights
A South Carolina board of education meeting grew heated Monday afternoon, when 500 parents showed up to express oppositionÂ to allowing transgender students to use restrooms that correspond withÂ their gender identity. Some held signs that read, "Keep Kids Safe," and "It's Common Sense," suggesting they believe transgender studentsÂ â€“ often victims of school bullying and violenceÂ â€“ are the perpetrators.
The Horry County Board of EducationÂ was faced with a recent VirginiaÂ ruling that states a transgender boy can sue his school district for violating Title IX. The Virginia school will not allow him to use the boys' restroom.Â
One lone parentÂ stood up to the hundreds in the room asking why trans students don't deserve the same rights as all the other students. Melanie Moore "argued that transgender people should not be lumped into the same category as pedophiles, rapists or other criminals. She also tried to explain how transgender students are born one sex, but feel as though they should have been born the opposite gender â€“ though she was shouted over by many members of the crowd," The State reports.
â€œEverybody is concerned about their children. The transgender parents are concerned about their children too, so I thought it was important that somebody stand up for them,â€ Moore said.
After more than six minutes of defending her position, Moore was silenced when parents broke out into song to drown her out. "Jesus love me, yes I know, for the Bible tells me so," a popular Christian hymn, they chose to end discussion.
TheÂ Horry County Board of Education, despite being wholly opposed to allowing transgender students to use the right restrooms, will follow Title IX guidelines, a spokesperson says, but only because they are faced with a potential loss of funding should they violate Title IX. The school board "was recently threatened with a lawsuit if they did not comply with the ruling in regards to a Socastee High transgender student who was banned from using the boysâ€™ restroom â€“ the restroom he identified with and had used since middle school," The State adds.
TheÂ Horry County Board of Education also voted to "spend an undisclosed amount of money for specialized lawyers to join" the Virginia appeal of the 4th Circuit's ruling, even though they may not legally be able to.Â
Watch the parentsÂ â€“ the hymn comes at the end: