(Greenville Co., S.C.) President Donald Trump’s decision to roll back guidelines is getting mixed reviews in South Carolina.
The guidelines, which were set in place by President Obama, were designed to help local school district interpret how to use existing anti-discrimination laws to protect transgender students.
Those decisions will now be made by local and state school districts, a move supported by State Superintendent Molly Spearman.
“Superintendent Spearman applauds President Trump and Secretary Devos for recognizing this, like many education issues, is best handled on the state and local level,” said Spokesman Ryan Brown.
But some in the transgender community believe this move leaves transgender students feeling anxious and unsafe.
“Right now our top priority is making sure trans youth know that they’re not alone and that we have their backs,” said Ivy Hill, executive director of Genderbenders.
A spokeswoman for Greenville County Schools says the district “will work directly with children and their parents to meet each child’s specific needs” and “we are not considering a change in practice.”