On the school issues of busses and bathrooms ...
When attending the most recent Board of Education meeting, unexpectedly moved from 6:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., with little notice, I experienced only two concerns. These were the board’s stance on the bathroom bill and on taking over busing in Charles County.
Since when has the board of education become experts on use and maintenance of school buses? At the meeting, a lady testified about the many buses in need of repairs when the Prince George’s County Board of Education’s fleet of buses was inspected. In comparison, when inspected, none of the buses of the 27 bus contractors in Charles County were in need of repairs. What do we want for our children? This move will eliminate 27 small businesses. We must look at the cost of new infrastructure for this unnecessary endeavor. Is there a company we do not know about wanting to replace our buses?
The other issue is the bathroom bill. Parents are concerned about students who want to go in the bathroom of the opposite sex simply because they, at their young age, are trying to determine if they are a girl or a boy. For years schools have functioned with properly labeled restrooms. I believe this issue is causing a problem for a very, very small percentage of our youth who are sometimes simply misguided because of the discussions of this issue.
God has been taken out of society except in churches and that will be next if we are not vigilant. America is “one nation under God.” We must not forget why America was formed in the first place. It was not by people who were confused about their gender identity. It was formed by people who knew and feared God and wanted freedom. We must stop complaining and get involved by voting and making our voices heard. We must go to board of education meetings and insist that meetings be held at the time advertised so the board does not appear to be hiding something from the people.
I understand the bathroom issue will be addressed at a future meeting. I still wonder if a couple bathrooms could be marked “other” and leave the rest alone. We must respect the wishes of the majority who want privacy. Maybe the other students could go to the nurse’s office to dress and also go to the bathroom. Millie Havrilla, La Plata