Gov. Deal says he will 'protect children' from president's bathroom 'overreach'

Gov. Deal says he will 'protect children' from president's bathroom 'overreach'

ATLANTA (WTVM) - Speaking for the first time since President Barack Obama issued a federal directive on the issue of transgender students and restrooms last week, Governor Nathan Deal issued a statement against the notice.

Deal's statement reads:

The Obama administration's directive, recently announced by press release, to local school systems regarding accommodations for transgender students has generated confusion and controversy among parents, students and school officials.

The Obama administration issued the directive on May 13, directing public school to allow transgender students to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

The edict was sent in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education, and has been met with mixed opinion.

The directive comes following the controversial law in North Carolina, House Bill 2, which in part, dictates transgender bathroom use.

Copyright 2016 WTVM. All rights reserved.