Durham school board deals with conflicting government opinions on HB2

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – On Thursday, Durham Public Schools officials discussed the difficult situation they and other school districts in North Carolina faces handling the conflicting state and federal government opinion’s on House Bill 2.

The state government says transgender students must use bathrooms associated with the gender they were born with. The federal government says the exact opposite.

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“This was coming before us way before the ill-conceived House Bill 2 reared its ugly head,” said Durham Board of Education chair, Heidi Carter.

School board leaders looked for guidance on how to move forward legally.

“That’s where we’re in conflict. Are we best to most closely align with federal protections in a case and wait for this to play out in court?” said board member Natalie Beyer.

People in attendance got the chance to speak as well. Anita Keith-Foust told the school board enforcing HB2 in schools would be impossible without infringing on student privacy.

She said the bill goes much further than a bathroom law.

“There is a thin line of freedom and that thin line of freedom can be destroyed by something like House Bill 2,” said Keith-Foust.

Durham school district already has its own discrimination policy in place, which includes transgender people.

Carter says the district will take every situation on a case by case basis.

“The major goal being to make sure we have safe environments for our children; free of hostility. Inclusive environments, where all students will be safe; free from harassment, bullying, and discrimination,” she said.

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