The gender-neutral bathroom at the school has five stalls. It used to be a women's restroom. Now, students are still allowed to use any restroom of the gender they identify with. And that's an important note in the wake of President Obama's mandate that all public schools allow students to use the bathroom that coincides with their gender identity. Seattle Public Schools has had that rule on the books since 2012.
“The timing just happened to land at the same time,” Principal Jill Hudson said. “But we take pride in helping all of our students feel included. Some of them have been going off campus to use the restroom and we wanted to make a place that's safe for them here on campus.”
Students shared the reaction from classmates.
“At Nathan Hale we are very inclusive,” junior Molly Nelson said. “From what I've heard it's basically been all positivity.”
There are now three gender-neutral bathrooms at Nathan Hale High School.
“I'm just ecstatic,” Kramer said. “I cannot stop glowing.”