Pennsylvania school district to spend millions for ‘gender-neutral’ locker rooms. What could go wrong?


A Pennsylvania school district is reportedly spending $2.4 million to create gender-neutral bathrooms.

WTXF-TV reported that Garden Spot High School in New Holland is doing away with the traditional boy’s and girl’s locker rooms in favor of a more progressive, gender-neutral system.

School board members unanimously approved the decision this week. The renovations, which are planned to be done in December 2020, will be made up of 48 private changing rooms and 76 private showers. These designs will be separated into four “zones.” There will also be 13 single-user restrooms that can be used by any student, without any sort of special permission.

District Superintendent Bob Hollister told Lancaster Online that though genders will not be specified, he believes “natural selection” will take over.

“I think the privacy is going to be well-received,” he said.

“This District policy states that multi-user locker rooms and restrooms will be separated based on biological sex. But the idea behind the policy is much deeper,” the board at Eastern Lancaster County School District announced in a statement about the decision. “We’ve worked hard to arrive at a solution that balances varied interests — which is why we’re systematically converting multi-user facilities into a series of single-user facilities.”

The decision follows a debate about student privacy after the school district allowed a transgender boy to use the boy’s locker room.

“This is going to be for the good of all students,” Board President Glenn Yoder said.

Parents were outraged earlier this year when a transgender boy was able to use the boys’ facilities in the district. Many expressed their concerns at a March school board meeting, which is what motivated this new and expensive decision by the school board.

“Why is this one child allowed to dictate for everyone else?” one attendee said. “Why can’t that child be made to follow what was done in the past?”

The school board had a previous plan to redesign bathrooms that was expected to cost around a million dollars, but that plan was scrapped over the summer.

This is not the first gender-neutral accommodation the state of Pennsylvania has made. They previously announced that gender neutral state identification cards will be offered in 2020.

The gender-neutral wave is one that is only likely to continue.

Other cities have already introduced gender-neutral bathrooms, and schools around the country and abroad have done things such as banning skirts and doing away with titles like “Homecoming King” and “Homecoming Queen.”

Many have taken to social media to express concern over the gender neutral bathroom redesigns being introduced out of Pennsylvania:


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