Nearly 200 students at Hillsboro High School in Missouri walked out of class Monday (31 August) in a dispute over a transgender classmate using the girls’ locker room.
The students were joined by locals and parents for two hours before they were told to go back inside. A smaller group of about 30-40 students voiced their support for senior Lila Perry.
Perry, who has identified as female since the age of 13, was locked in the principal’s office while her classmates were disputing her rights.
The 17-year-old had been using a unisex bathroom reserved for staff. But this school year, she decided to change in the girl’s locker room for PE classes, which angered some students and parents.
‘I wasn’t hurting anyone and I didn’t want to feel segregated out,’ she told KMOV TV.
‘I didn’t want to be in the gender neutral bathroom. I am a girl, I shouldn’t be pushed off to another bathroom.’
Perry has dropped PE classes after receiving threats from other girls but said she will continue to use the girls’ bathroom.
‘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.’ she told Fox 2 News.
Watch the KMOW report below: