- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) - Westerly’s School Committee has shelved a proposed policy that would allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice and prohibit discrimination against transgender students.

The Westerly Sun reports (https://bit.ly/1yJD3nz ) that dozens of residents attended a Town Hall meeting to oppose the policy. Some called it absurd.

Angela Tafone, a sophomore at Westerly High School, said she would not feel safe with boys in the girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms.

A draft of the policy emerged from the school board’s policy subcommittee with unanimous backing.

A spokesman for Education Commissioner Deborah Gist said Westerly is the first district in Rhode Island to consider adopting a transgender policy.

Thirty-two states, including Connecticut and Massachusetts, have policies addressing transgender and gender nonconforming students. Rhode Island does not.

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Information from: The Westerly Sun, https://www.thewesterlysun.com

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