Almost 200 high school students in Missouri walked out of their classes to protest one a transgender student in senior year being allowed in the girls’ bathroom.
Members of the Hillsboro High School in Hillsboro, Missouri, ditched two hours of lessons to object to Lila Perry, a 17-year-old senior, being granted access to female bathrooms.
Perry, who started identifying as transgender earlier this year, was using the female facilities to change for gym classes, which upset many other girls at the school.
One student, Sophie Beel, told local station Fox 2 St Louis: ‘I find it offensive because Lila has not went through any procedure to become female, putting on a dress and putting on a wig is not transgender to me’.
The unrest comes as transgender issues are taking a higher profile on the national stage, partly thanks to the highly public transition of Caitlyn Jenner from her former identity as Bruce.
According to the St Louis Post-Dispatch, the protest lasted for two hours before school officials told students to go back inside.
During the demonstration, Perry was locked in a staff member’s office because there were fears for her safety.
The paper reported that some of the students protesting supported Perry’s right to use the bathroom she wants to, though most were in opposition.
Tammy Sorden, a mother of a Hillsboro High student, said: ‘The girls have rights, and they shouldn’t have to share a bathroom with a boy.’
She said she objected to Perry being given what she asks for ‘while the girls just have to suck it up’.
The School Board also organized a meeting to deal with the situation, which attracted a large crowd of parents last Thursday, where school officials pointed out that denying fair access to a transgender student could bring reprisals from the federal government.
Perry has since dropped gym class due to the outcry, but still intends to use female bathrooms.
Source: Daily Mail