Principal defends students in gender-neutral bathroom fight

Apr 20, 2016 8:08 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The principal of a Los Angeles high school where a scuffle broke out between adult protesters and students over a new gender-neutral bathroom is praising his students as "trailblazers."

In a statement Wednesday, Martin Gomez says he is proud of his students at Santee Education Complex for successfully campaigning to install the bathroom. He dismissed the protesters as a small group trying to "discredit the brave actions of our students."

Students tussled with adults hoisting signs and chanting slogans outside the school Tuesday. No one was injured or placed under arrest.

School police say the protesters were members of the Westboro Baptist Church, an anti-gay group. Police were expecting Westboro protesters to appear at the school again Wednesday afternoon and have placed additional officers at the scene.

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