The following story was written by former members of The Cloud in school year 2019-2020
Saint Cloud High School is no stranger to having LGBTQ+ students a part of the student population. On September 6th, 2019 the deans implemented gender-neutral bathrooms to ensure transgender students felt comfortable with using the restroom.
Once they identified the students and their needs, the administration put together a plan.
Robert Dombo, one of our assistant principal, states that “Students did not feel comfortable, they didn’t identify with the restroom they were designated to use, so, they wanted to use the other restroom and so because other students were uncomfortable with that , we decided to make it available where those students can have a place to go to where they feel comfortable.”
A compromise to resolve the situation. These students are now able to use the eighth building’s staff bathroom, the nurse’s office, and the staff bathroom located in the fourth building.
The collective reason for admin allowing gender non-conforming students to use the restrooms was for their comfort and safety.
The administration was afraid that they would be harassed due to other students being uncomfortable with them in the restroom. At the same time, they want to ensure that all members of Saint Cloud feel comfortable in coming to school every day.
The principal, Nathaniel Fancher, adds on “For the students that are requesting it, it makes school more welcoming to them. It makes it more comfortable and it makes it so that it’s one less thing they have to worry about.”
At Saint Cloud Highschool the staff tries their hardest to make sure all students feel comfortable despite gender, race, orientation, size, and stereotype. Administration hopes that this solution will help make sure that all members of the Saint Cloud High School population feel like their issues are being heard. Now that students are no longer worried about passing as their gender in the restroom, hopefully they can focus more on the welcoming environment that surrounds them.