Schools May Not Comply With Obama's Transgender Bathroom Guidelines

Some school districts face potential fines and withdrawal of public funding if they do not follow the new rules.
2:20 | 05/14/16

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Now to the battle brewing over transgender bathroom access in public schools. The gotcha issued new guidelines to school districts but some say they won't comply even though they could face fines and withdrawal of public funding and ABC's Eva pilgrim is on the story for us this morning, hi, Eva. Squaring off both sides of the bathroom law debate with no compromise in sight. Emotions running high. A school is now trying to figure out what to do next. Across the country, meetings with public officials packed with protesters on both sides refusing to back down in the bathroom debate. Democracy. Reporter: The Obama administration now telling schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. This does not add any additional requirements to any school district or state under the applicable law. Reporter: The federal guidance met with praise from some. I started skipping school because I didn't feel safe in school. Reporter:. It's very important the school district set the example and show that inclusion is the way to go and also the law. Reporter: But concerns of safety from others. I will stay at home every day and homeschool. I understand that times are changing but I don't think that this is the right solution. Reporter: This morning politicians in many of the country's more conservative states vowing defiance. I am working with the governor of North Carolina and we are going to fight back. We shouldn't even be having to have this debate in America. I'm old fashioned this way. I think men ought to be able to go to the men's room. Women ought to be able to go to the women's room. Reporter: Meanwhile, caught in the middle. Schools, those that refuse to comply could be hit with civil rights lawsuits from the government as well as risk being cut off from millions of dollars in federal aid. This is a law and we're going to follow the law but we're going to do it with sensitivity to our entire population. Reporter: These suggestions aren't law but many are finding themselves in an interesting position as they try to figure out how to handle the situation. You mentioned the protocol. These students have to -- their parent or a guardian has to come forward and say this is how they identify. They can't just show up in the bathroom. They have to say they're identifying as male or female and say they're a transgender student and be protected. Thanks. Let's talk about the tsa

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