JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Stand up to the president or step down. That's the request from nearly a dozen state leaders to Mississippi's Superintendent of Education.
Several representatives are asking Dr. Carey Wright to "disregard" President Barack Obama's public school bathroom edict or resign. In a letter to Wright, state lawmakers asked her to withdraw her statement that the State Department of Education will follow the president's request and allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms according to their chosen gender identity.
State leaders call the Department of Justice directive a "threat to safety and well-being of every school-aged girl in this state." The letter asks Dr. Wright to step down if she will not follow this request.
None of the representatives that signed the letter are from the coast.