Apr 22, 2024 - News

Salt Lake pauses student training

Pride and transgender flags and symbols hang outside of Emerson Elementary School in Salt Lake City

Pride and transgender flags and symbols hang outside of Emerson Elementary School in Salt Lake City on April 19. Photo: Kim Bojórquez/Axios

The Salt Lake City School District paused plans to present a slideshow to students on legislation that regulates restroom access for transgender people.

The intrigue: The move came just before parents and students had planned to protest the presentation Friday at Emerson Elementary School.

The latest: The school sent an email alerting parents that district superintendent Elizabeth Grant had asked schools to halt the training, which was announced earlier in the week.

  • "Given the uncertainty of how to implement the law, we decided to hold off for now and to work individually with the families and students who are directly impacted," Yándary Chatwin, a district spokesperson, told Axios.

Zoom in: The Emerson demonstration, described by a parent as a 15-minute "dance party" to support transgender students, still occurred.

Catch up quick: The bathroom presentation instructed students to use the bathroom that matches the gender they were "assigned at birth," Axios previously reported.

Context: HB 257, signed by Utah Gov. Spencer Cox in January, prohibits transgender people from using public facilities like bathrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity.

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