Atherton High discusses adding 'gender identity' to discrimination policy

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by Michelle Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 13 at 8:57 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Atherton High School’s final site-based decision making council meeting will address more than the usual routine end of school year topics.

Parents will learn more about an updated policy when it comes to transgender students – those born as one sex but identify as the opposite sex.

“The discussion of a non-discrimination statement within our use of school facilities that would include gender identity,” Atherton principal Dr. Tom Aberli said.

This past weekend, parents received a letter from Dr. Aberli detailing the policy in full after it was brought to his attention that a transgender student wished to use the restroom assigned to the opposite sex.

“I’ve accepted the responsibility of assuring that the rights of our transgender population are respected,” Dr. Aberli said.

The policy now states: "Atherton high school shall not discriminate in the use of school space on the basis of age, color, religion, disability, marital status, national origin, race, sex, or sexual orientation."

Aberli would like to now include gender identity.

School space means restrooms and locker rooms but some parents have voice discontent. Dr. Aberli stands by this school based decision.

“I want Atherton to be a place that proudly represents how we should operate as a greater society,” Dr. Aberli said.
 

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