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Students protest transgender classmate getting “special treatment”

Students protest transgender classmate getting “special treatment”

Oy, stupid is as stupid does:

About 30 to 40 students at the school say they were not allowed inside Wednesday because they were wearing gym shorts and sweatpants.

The kids violated the dress code in an effort to tell school officials that the special treatment of the transgender student is unfair. The kids say she is violating the dress code by not wearing clothing appropriate for her gender.

The student, who we are identifying only as “Leah” because she is a minor, was born male. The student recently came out and announced her transition to a female. That is when she began dressing to match the gender to which she is transitioning.

“The first step in that is really to start dressing according to your gender and today [Monday] was about going to school and being able to be the person that she is,” said Bear Atwood, legal director for Mississippi American Civil Liberties Union told Action News 5 earlier this week.

Students are protesting Wednesday because they feel they are now being discriminated against because the transgender student is breaking the school’s dress code and they are being punished for doing the same thing.

One of the students involved in the protest says it all boils down to rules.

“Told us, ‘Everybody that has on jogging pants, follow us.’ So we went to the band hall,” said senior Logan Roberson. He says all of the students who violated the dress code were forced to change their clothes.

Roberson and parents say if Leah can dress in female clothing when she is still technically a man, they should be able to wear sweat pants and gym shorts.

“That to me is a double standard. What one rule goes for one, one rule goes for all,” said parent Allen Jones.

The student handbook states, “Students will dress in conformity with accepted community standards. No student will dress in a manner which will cause other students to be distracted. Students are also expected to wear clothing in keeping with their gender. Sweat pants or athletic gear are not allowed.”

“How distracting is it for you walk down the hallway and see a boy you’ve known since kindergarten, now a girl, wearing high heels walking, that’s distracting to you,” continued Roberson.

Clearly, the developing minds in this little school are far, far, far from being developed. Or accepting. Or tolerant.

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2 Comments

  1. What do you say about something like this. If you are going to break the rules for some then you have to allow that same “break” for others. He was born a male. He is a male. Whether he thinks he is a girl is irrelevant. God does not make mistakes. Homosexuality is not caused by a gene. It is a choice. Whoever wrote that ignorant comment at the end is just that. Ignorant. We don’t HAVE to accept the homosexual lifestyle. The sooner you figure that out? The sooner you may figure much much more.

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    • Golly, so many places to start with a comment like this…where to begin. Your logic goes in so many circles, I have to hold onto the desk so I don’t get dizzy.

      “God doesn’t make mistakes” – thank you, I’ve been saying that for years even despite my not being Christian. Using your logic, I, as a gay man am not a mistake. God made me, I’m gay (though really bisexual, I just prefer men more. How’s that for a mindblower?)

      “Homosexuality is not caused by a gene. It is a choice”. Using your own logic the converse is also true: heterosexuality is a choice. Ergo, you have to have contemplated sleeping with a member of your same gender and decided it wasn’t your cup of tea.

      True? Or am I just being as idiotic as you

      “We don’t HAVE to accept the homosexual lifestyle. The sooner you figure that out? The sooner you may figure much much more.” – the student in this article doesn’t identify as gay, he’s transgender which is something you clearly have no frame of reference for. So, I’ll suggest hitting wikipedia for your education on that one. Here’s the link, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transgender

      “homosexual lifestyle” is a cliche’d, idiotic term rung from the 80’s, it’s just plain ol’ gay. Don’t want to accept me? Or my gay son? Cool, don’t. I’m not asking you to, or am I laying awake at night waiting for your approval. I don’t need it or want it. I’m a good person, partner, neighbor and a better father to my son than the birth father that beat him with a belt imbedded with tacks EVER was. But I can guarantee you that I’ll spend the day in hell before you tell me that my existence is anything LESS than yours because of your heterosexual “Lifestyle” and your apparently fleeting acquaintance with the Bible. The book of Leviticus “rests in two crucial beliefs: the first, that the world was created “very good” and retains the capacity to achieve that state although it is vulnerable to sin and defilement; the second, that the faithful enactment of ritual makes God’s presence available, while ignoring or breaching it compromises the harmony between God and the world” – neither of which I violate by my existence.

      Can you say the same for yourself?

      Thanks for stopping by and reading my site. Feel free to continue to browse about, you’ll no doubt learn plenty – and not a moment too soon.

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