EDISON - People across New Jersey had different reactions to a decision from the Obama administration directing public schools to permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity and not their birth certificate.
The directive was announced Friday and would pertain to all public schools across the country.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch released a statement that said, “There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex.”
Nearly a dozen school districts in New Jersey already have similar policies, most recently the Pascack Valley School District.
Carolee Adams, a parent and grandparent, fought Pascack Valley's recent decision and says that she is opposed to the Obama administration’s directive.
“Until I see Barack Obama's two daughters going into a transgender bathroom with a male, well OK, it's hypocritical otherwise,” she says.
But Christian of Garden State Equality says that the policy is groundbreaking.
“Students need a safe environment to learn. If you're feeling uncomfortable in school and you can't even use the bathroom, then how are you supposed to focus in the classroom?” he says.
Schools will not be required by law to enforce the policy, but Washington could cut federal aid to schools that don’t abide by it.