Community reacts to settlement with ACLU and Talbot County Public Schools
"I think it takes courage and guts what he's doing and I'm very proud of him and I think this will be huge for Talbot County and I'm totally on board with it," said Talbot County resident Allison Miles.
After almost two years, a 16-year-old Talbot County student is finally getting what he's fought so hard for, the ability to use the men's bathroom and locker room at his school as a transgender student.
"Denying these kids like Max access to facilities treating them like any other kids has real consequences," said managing attorney Jennifer Kent.
Back in July of 2016 Max Brennan filed a lawsuit against Talbot County Public Schools for banning him from using the boys' restrooms and locker rooms simply because he was transgender. But on Monday the ACLU reached a settlement with the Board of Education allowing Brennan to have permanent access to all facilities.
"Transgender students deserve a quality education on equal terms just like any other student that there is no quote unquote ambiguity here," said Kent.
After hearing the news, many residents in the area supported the ruling.
"I think it's a great thing that he will be able to use the bathroom because nowadays with the bullying and everything that's going on, kids are not handling things very well and are getting bulldozed for a lot of stuff and I think that if he is a man now he should be able to use the bathroom," said Miles.
While others aren't quite on board.
"When these kids start school in kindergarten and first grade and they start seeing people in the bathroom that's not like them they're going to wonder why they're using it. I don't think it's disrespectful to anybody to use the bathroom with what you were born with" said Talbot County resident Ron Barrier.
The board of education declined to comment on the matter,but did say they were happy that the issues were resolved peacefully. While others say that this ruling is a step in the right direction.
"That's the new wave of this generation and I think that people need to get on board with it and accept it and be accepting of the kids and what they want to do," said Miles.
Officials say this ruling is the first of its kind in the state of Maryland. And It's also one of the first anywhere to say that a school district could not exclude a student who is transgender from its locker rooms.