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Derrick Evans Addresses Kanawha BOE Over Transgender Locker Room Issues

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At a recent Kanawha County Board of Education meeting, the board heard from Derrick Evans, a prominent conservative advocate running for Congress, as emotions ran high regarding a familiar national issue affecting several school districts.

In recent months, the Kanawha BOE has been a consistent forum for discussions surrounding the rights of transgender students to use restrooms aligned with their gender identity. These conversations typically unfold during the public segment of the meetings, with board members refraining from direct responses.

In the latest meeting held last Thursday, the board’s attorney, Lindsey McIntosh, addressed the matter by sharing a memo she had prepared after researching the transgender bathroom issue. McIntosh emphasized that federal law mandates allowing transgender students to use restrooms corresponding to their gender identity, citing a U.S. Supreme Court case.

“In cases of discrimination based on transgender status, it is considered sex discrimination covered under Title 7,” McIntosh explained. She also referenced the Grimm Case from the 4th Circuit, which determined that a district policy opposing a transgender student’s restroom choice violated Title 9. The Supreme Court’s refusal to consider the case solidified this holding.

Despite this legal context, there was no public response from board members on McIntosh’s memo.

However, the meeting took a heated turn when conservative activist and congressional candidate Derrick Evans expressed his dissatisfaction during the public comment period. Evans raised his voice, asserting that the school board members should face consequences in their professional lives.

“I don’t know of any employer who would want to hire employees who are knowingly, in my opinion, aiding and abetting the sexual harassment of children,” Evans passionately declared.

Continuing his critique, Evans challenged the board’s role, stating, “You ran for a position that’s supposed to protect and uplift children and prepare them for a future career so that they can become productive members of society. It is not your role to be social justice warriors who push their own perversion by forcing little girls to change in front of little boys.”

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Despite Evans’ fervent comments, the board opted not to engage in a response during the meeting, leaving the tension surrounding the transgender bathroom issue hanging in the air. The episode highlighted the intersection of local debates and national conservative advocacy, with Derrick Evans at the forefront of the dialogue the Board will likely not have heard the last of the issue.

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