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Transgender Student: Mississippi High School Torn Over Support

Mississippi high school torn over support of transgender student

A Mississippi high school is torn over support of a transgender student.

The students at South Panola High School in Batesville, Mississippi, are protesting what they believe is “special treatment” for a transgender student. Over 30 of the students are upset over the allowance of transgender student Leah to wear female clothing.

In a show of protest over what they feel is an unfair violation of dress code, those upset showed up to school dressed in gym shorts and sweatpants. Those students were not allowed into the building.

Superintendent Mike Foster feels that the student’s rights as a transgender could be violated under a gender-specific dress code. Foster plans to eventually change the dress code in allowance for transgenders.

According to the Huffington Post, Mike Foster commented on the school dress code:

“When [the transgender] student challenged that, we found out this was unconstitutional. People are people. Some are on one side and some on another.”

After Leah came out and shared her gender transition with fellow students and staff, she began dressing like a girl. Protesting students say it is discrimination to allow it because they believe Leah is breaking the high school dress code.

The faculty disagrees, saying that because Leah is now a female, she should be allowed to dress as such.

South Panola resident Betsy Chapman started the Facebook group “Mississippians Support Leah,” as a way to spread public awareness for the transgender student’s cause:

“As a mother and a Mississippian, I felt compelled to stand up in some small way for this child who is simply and bravely trying to live her life. And I wanted to provide a forum for others to do the same, at the same time demonstrating to the rest of the country that there are intelligent, compassionate, progressive Mississippians who insist on dignity and respect for all people.”

How do you feel about the Mississippi high school torn in support of a transgender student?

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6 Responses to “Transgender Student: Mississippi High School Torn Over Support”

  1. Vickie Davis

    There is still a lot of work to fo in Mississippi. Quite sad! !

  2. Sabrina Hawkins

    well, with all respect, it IS the students who are protesting. The students dont and cant call the shots here, because they havent been educated enough at this point, to understand the ramifications of actually being transgender. It being Mississippi, I am surprised it was only 30 students, and that there werent parents and religious fanatics spurring it on.

    Probably what the school needs to do is one of 2 things:

    Either tell the students their opinions don't matter, or start teaching them about the transgender phenomena. I personally would vote for the latter, but then…we are talking about Mississippi here. As soon as that becomes a possibility, we likely WILL see lots of religious activity on this front. And just for the record, I am against dress codes anyways. The dress code is likely the whole problem here to begin with :)

  3. Jaiowyn Robinson

    nice.go school! for defendn her an telln the bigots their wrong.prime example why legal protections are important. its beyound some ones personal opinion when it comes to affecting anouthers life, its now called discrimination. you know who you are o.0

  4. Kelly Armstrong

    Been there, the best way to start is bulldoze the place inti The Gulf of Mexico. Mississippi gone, major problem solved.

  5. Lora Estep-Davis

    I don't live in Mississippi, but I support her!