150 students walk out of class in protest over transgender student using girls' locker room
Lila Perry was born male and identifies as female. She has yet to undergo gender-reassignment surgery. Perry was regularly changing for gym class in the girl's locker room when she was threatened by other girls, causing her to drop the class. The incident sparked controversy among the student body.
Then, on Monday, 150 Missouri high school students walked out of class in protest. The walkout lasted for about two hours, during which students expressed disagreements as to whether or not a transgender student who was born male and has not yet had a gender-reassignment surgery should be able to use the women's locker room.
Roughly 30-40 people showed support for Perry during the walkout. The high school senior said that she has identified as a female since she was 13 years old. She said:
The school allegedly offered Perry a gender neutral bathroom. She rejected the offer and said:
"There's a lot of ignorance, they are claiming that they're uncomfortable. I don't believe for a second that they are. I think this is pure and simple bigotry. It wasn't too long ago white people were saying I don`t feel comfortable sharing a bathroom with a black person and history repeats itself."
Since the walkout, the school has issued a statement claiming that it will promote tolerance and accept all students regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
"I am a girl, I shouldn't be pushed off to another bathroom."
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