SC community gathers to pray ahead of school board meeting on transgender bathrooms

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) – Nearly 1,000 people came from all over the county to pray outside the Horry County Schools District Office Sunday afternoon.

Leaders from 10 churches around the area organized the meeting, and several of them were on hand to lead the faithful in prayers for both the safety of their children and the wisdom of their Board members.

The meeting comes after district officials announced a special-called School Board meeting to take place Monday. The School Board called the meeting to decide if they should continue to comply with a federal court ruling in favor of a Virginia transgender student who wished to use the bathroom of the gender he identified with.

Board Chairman Joe DeFeo said last week that he expected the district to file a brief supporting an appeal by that Virginia school district. Those in attendance at Sunday’s prayer meeting say they agree, and that the district should not sacrifice the safety of all students in favor of a select few who identify as transgender.

“This is not about transgender issues, or bathroom issues,” said Brandon Blair, a youth pastor at Langston Baptist Church. “This is just a tool for someone to get their way.”

Monday’s meeting starts at 11:45 a.m. at the District Office.

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