Oconomowoc School District Superintendent Rodger Rindo announced last week that unisex bathrooms would be installed at every school in the district.
The new policy was adopted in response to an incident involving a transgender elementary school student. Parents complained after the student used a girl’s restroom at Summit Elementary School on Sept. 6. Apparently, they believed she should have used the boy’s room.
In a press release, Rindo said converting one restroom at each school into a “gender-neutral” bathroom “will provide a facility which is safe and accessible to all students, not only to transgender students.”
“What’s really important is that we’re not singling anyone out – that anybody can use that bathroom,” Rindo told FOX6 Milwaukee.
Maureen White, a youth program coordinator of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, told FOX6 that the Oconomowoc School District deserves praise for standing up for transgender students.
“I think it’s really important for the young person to have facilities that they feel comfortable in,” she said. “The truth is, there have been gender neutral bathrooms at the malls, at universities, and at the center for the last 10 years.”
Despite such positive feedback, FOX6 reported that some parents complained about the policy off-camera, saying their children are not ready to learn about such issues.
Oconomowoc is located in Waukesha County, the most conservative county in Wisconsin and one of the most strongly Republican suburbs in the northern United States.