(Photo: Drew Angerer, Getty Images)
(Photo: Drew Angerer, Getty Images)

New federal rules on school bathrooms are designed to protect transgender students from bullying, President Obama said Monday.

“Anybody who has been in school, in high school, who has been a parent should realize that kids who are sometimes in the minority — kids who have a different sexual orientation or are transgender — are subject to a lot of bullying, potentially,” Obama told the web site Buzzfeed Monday.

It was his first public comment on the issue since the Department of Education announced the new guidelines last Friday.

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