- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. (AP) - Hundreds of Fannin County residents attended a school board meeting to voice concerns over the school system’s transgender bathroom policy.

Media outlets report a group of parents marched from a local church to the Fannin County School Board meeting Thursday evening.

Fannin County schools has a policy allowing transgender students to choose restrooms according to the gender they identify with. Superintendent Mark Henson says transgendered individuals are protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and giving up annual federal funding of $3 million to avoid the issue isn’t an option.

Parents are asking the school board to violate federal law and mandate that students use the bathroom of the gender assigned to them at birth, even if they identify as transgender.

Henson says the school district isn’t changing anything, and their policy has always been the same.

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