A North Carolina school board says it’s OK to pepper spray trans students
Pepper spray is controversial when police use it on protesters.
And now a school board says it's OK for kids to carry it to protect themselves--from transgender classmates, specifically.
— SPLC (@splcenter) May 11, 2016
It's true: The Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education, in North Carolina, just voted to allow students to carry pepper spray to school in case they encounter trans students. Seriously.
School officials actually saying PEPPER SPRAY MAY BE USEFUL TO USE ON TRANS KIDS IN BATHROOMS.
MAY. BE. USEFUL.
TO USE ON KIDS.
— Ava Jae (@Ava_Jae) May 11, 2016
Board member Chuck Hughes said that it could be really helpful for female students in the bathroom. You know, if the state's notorious so-called bathroom bill, HB2, doesn't hold up in appeals court:
"Depending on how the courts rule on the bathroom issues, it may be a pretty valuable tool to have on the female students if they go to the bathroom, not knowing who may come in."
HB2 says trans people must use public bathrooms that correspond to the gender they were assigned at birth, not the gender they identify with. The the government says the law is discriminatory.
Now, after the vote, Hughes is rethinking his choice. He said that looking back, his comments were inappropriate. Oh, and that they have nothing to do with trans people:
"I was not thinking about the LGBT issue. Perverts and pedophiles taking advantage of this law in bathrooms was my major concern."
NC ed. board member, who voted to allow pepper spray in high schools citing bathroom bill concerns, tells me board is reconsidering it.
— Tasneem N (@TasneemN) May 11, 2016
BTW, there have been zero assaults by trans students in bathrooms.
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Christina is a freelance writer from a tiny town in Southern Maryland who just can't seem to figure out whether others are being sarcastic or not. She has a degree in business communication, with a focus in writing, from Stevenson University, and has written things for Severna Park Voice, Maryland Film Festival, The Villager, and Hello Giggles. Follow her on twitter @tinaBUFF where she constantly overthinks her tweets, or read her medley of musings at touchinfinity.wordpress.com.