Student protesters said that the school treated them differently than supporters of the policy, according to LoudonNow. Ronan Mackey, an organizer of the protest, said the school did not announce the walkout as previously agreed. “No announcement was made and it took multiple kids posting on stories about this event to get kids to come out,” he said. Pro-district protesters came equipped with flags and were accompanied by parents. WJLA reported that one protester said policy protesters outnumbered policy support about 10 to one. Protesters were not allowed to have flags, which irked high school junior Katie Young said, according to LoudonNow. “They get to do whatever they want and we have to play by rules that don’t exist to them. It’s one of those things that is really, really frustrating,” she said. “I mean, of course, they have their First Amendment rights and their freedom of speech the same way we do, I just wish the rules applied blanketly, because they just don’t at the moment,” she said.
High school students in Loudoun County gathered today to ask the Loudoun County School Board to restore girls only and boys only locker rooms and bathrooms in schools. @7NewsDC pic.twitter.com/EKUj18Hnsf— Nick Minock (@NickMinock) November 1, 2023
Parents supporting the walkout said they had been told no adults were allowed, then realized the other side was allowed to have them. “It angers me. We took the time to go through the right steps to do this and they allow this to happen behind us,” Woodgrove parent Mark Farr said. “It’s a double standard, I believe,” Mackey said. “They are trying to push an agenda and they don’t want us doing what we are doing because it goes against what they are trying to push on us as kids.” The Loudoun County School Board issued a statement in response to the protest. The board said it is “continuing to follow its established process in its review of the latest Model Policies issued by the Virginia Department of Education. Policy 8040 is in review along with the new Model Policies, by the Student Services Committee,” the statement said, referring to the policy in question by its number, according to WJLA-TV.
A group of high school students walked out of their classrooms in Loudoun County, Virginia, in protest at the district’s sick and perverted policy on “transgender” bathrooms. The end of this horror is nigh. https://t.co/IQFby7SSfl— 🇺🇸Lionel🇺🇸 (@LionelMedia) November 3, 2023
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.