Atherton High School council discusses gender identity issue

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by AP and WHAS11 editors

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Updated Thursday, May 15 at 11:43 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The non-discrimination statement has passed a first reading and moves on to a second reading before the council at the next meeting.

Atherton High School has been discussing whether to add gender identity to its non-discrimination policy after fielding complaints about a transgender student being allowed to use the girls' restroom and locker room.

The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/1gDKK20) reported Atherton High School Principal Thomas Aberli was taking the issue to the school's site-based council on Thursday, May 15.

Aberli gave the freshman, who was born male but identifies as a female, permission to use the girls' facilities. That decision led to several student complaints and phone calls from concerned parents.

Aberli said he responded to the concerns by allowing the student to use only one of the school's two girls' facilities.

Feedback from students, parents and members of the community were submitted before the committee at the meeting. Two students spoke in favor of the statement and in support of the transgender student.

Manual High School is the only other school in the district that has a unisex bathroom for transgendered students.

Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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