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President Trump's reversal of transgender bathroom ordinance causes mixed thoughts


ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - President Donald Trump's administration is taking on what was a controversial guideline from the Obama administration which allowed transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice.

Last year, WSLS 10 spoke with the Grayson County School District which, despite the federal ordinance, adopted its own policy stating that students must use the restroom associated with the gender on their birth certificate.

"Our policy we felt was fair. It spelled out kind of what has come about in last 24 hours where male use male restroom and females use female restrooms," explained superintendent Kelly Wilmore of Grayson County School District.

In response to Trump's reversal. "We're happy with it. We think we had a fair policy to start with," said Wilmore.

In Roanoke, the reversal of Obama's landmark guidance to public schools is stirring up concerns.

"Something like this causes fear. It causes anxiety," said Joshua Olinger of the Roanoke Diversity Center.

Olinger believes the LGBT community already experiences discrimination.

"They're discriminated against, they're bullied, they have higher suicide rates," continued Olinger.

Wilmore said his priority remains the same as before, "Our students are going to be safe. We're going to do everything we can to keep our students safe."

"I hope our country as a whole can be more accepting and understanding to people who are different than us," said Olinger.

Currently, Wilmore said there are no students who have claimed to be transgender in the Grayson County School District.