Transgender bathrooms could see a future in South Dakota schools

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RAPID CITY S.D. (KOTA TV) - Dale Bartscher, executive director of the Family Heritage Alliance plans to bring forth a transgender bathroom bill in 2017.

This would keep transgender students from using bathrooms or locker rooms that do not match their biological gender.

Bartscher was unable to do an on–camera interview, but says that the bill would protect and support all students' rights and safety.

He also says that if a student has a unique privacy need including transgender , the school should protect the needs of the student.

According to Bartscher the bill, which has not yet been drafted would ensure privacy.

He says each school would decide how to enforce it.

Bartscher says that not going forward with a similar bill could infringe upon some students, but not everyone agrees.

" We've been using the bathroom with the gender we identify with since there have been bathrooms. There's no evidence to indicate or statistics to indicate that transgender people cause a problem in the bathroom,” said transgender rights advocate, Terri Bruce.

Bartscher agrees that there have not been any issues in South Dakota, but says it's a national problem and that our schools should be prepared.

No legislator has come forward to sponsor this bill.