MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - President Obama is telling public schools that they must allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity.
The formal guidance is being sent to school districts across the nation by the Department of Education and Justice.
The directive came down Friday afternoon, and Mississippi legislators and entities are reacting to the guidelines.
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker issued the following statement with his disagreement in the directive:
Senator Chris McDaniel also issued a similar statement:
However, despite push back from lawmakers, The Mississippi Department of Education has agreed to adhere to the guidance.
This guidance comes after the controversial North Carolina bathroom bill which is currently being legally challenged.