Wednesday, February 27 2013 6:56 PM EST2013-02-27 23:56:13 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The controversy over a transgender student at South Panola High School continues and this time, students are protesting. Some students at the school say they were not allowed inside school WednesdayMore >>
The controversy over a transgender student at South Panola High School continues and this time, classmates are protesting against what they are calling "special treatment" of the student.More >>
BATESVILLE, MS -
(WMC-TV) – Controversy is brewing in North Mississippi over a student's decision to come out as a transgender.
"It was a big topic in the classrooms, everywhere, everyone has their own opinion," South Panola High student, Jabrea Joiner said.
Monday, South Panola High School students were buzzing about a transgender classmate who began what the ACLU called a 'transition'.
"The first step in that is really to start dressing according to your gender and today was about going to school and being able to be the person that she is," Mississippi ACLU Legal Director, Bear Atwood said.
Because the student is a minor, we've agreed to only identify her as Leah. On the first day of the transition, some classmates still referred to Leah as 'HE.'
"He's like any other student at South Panola, he minds his business, he's not hurting anyone, he's only wanting to be himself," Joiner said.
Some parents had more concerns than the students.
"You a man you supposed to stay a man, you a woman, you supposed to stay a woman, and that's my opinion that's it," Batesville resident Kenneth Smith said.
"It causes attention to yourself so you've got a bunch of students who have never been around this," Batesville resident Alishia Smith added.
The ACLU is working with Leah's family and the school district to ensure she has a safe and inclusive environment at school.
Monday, many of the students showed their support by wearing green and pink, a request Leah made on Facebook to friends.
"I know there was a lot going on, people had a lot to say in the classroom, but I just feel like it's not my position to judge anyone," Joiner said.
The interim superintendent was unavailable Monday, but it is district policy not to comment about specific students.
Action News 5 has been told that some parents plan to voice concerns at the next school board meeting in March.
Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:27 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:27:00 GMT
A Jackson Prep football player hospitalized following Friday night's game has died. Walker Wilbanks was transported Friday to the hospital during the second half of the school's home football game againstMore >>
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Thursday, August 28 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:33:06 GMT
SPARTANBURG COUNT, SC (WYFF) - Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. DeputiesMore >>
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Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
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A Cirrus SR22 recreational plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean Saturday, about 50 miles from Wallops Island, Va. The Coast Guard reported one person was on board.A Coast Guard team from Elizabeth City,More >>
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