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Oklahoma Republicans Fight Back After Rogue School Board Refuses To Enforce Bathroom Use By Sex

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29.04.2022

The Oklahoma House passed a parental rights bill on Thursday mandating that public schools allow parents to inspect and object to teachings on sexual orientation and gender identity. It also requires students to use bathrooms that correspond with their sex.

The amendment specifying bathroom use was a last-minute addition by Republican Rep. John Talley of Stillwater and Republican Rep. Kevin West of Moore in response to the Stillwater School Board’s refusal to back down from letting students use whichever bathrooms they want.

Despite pressure from the state’s Secretary of Education Ryan Walters and Attorney General John O’Connor, the Stillwater School Board insists that letting students use whichever bathroom they please is protected under the Biden administration’s proposed version of Title IX.

It’s an issue that has concerned parents for months and put the nearly 50,000-person college town at the center of the culture war.

Riley Flack, whose 12-year-old daughter attends school in the Stillwater school district, first learned about the bathroom policy from a friend whose grandaughter goes to the same school as his daughter and was friends with a boy who now says he’s a girl.

“It’s been stressful just because we know that it’s crazy. And our kid is in the middle of it,” Flack told The Federalist.

Flack said he’s been skeptical of his school board for years, but the icing on the cake was when his friend was physically removed from a school board meeting about the bathroom issue for sharing a Bible verse.

“There are some downhill consequences from this that are pretty clear … like
abolishing the definition in the meaning of what a girl and a female is, it’s to the point of absurdity,” he said.

Ed Gallegos, another parent in the Stillwater Public School District, said he believes the school board and administration “seem to have embraced woke........

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