Atherton High School schedules another meeting to discuss gender identity
Officials at Atherton High School are planning another meeting next week where they hope to come to a final decision regarding the school's non-discrimination policy.
Friday, May 30th 2014, 8:12 am EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Officials at Atherton High School are planning another meeting next week where they hope to come to a final decision regarding the school's non-discrimination policy.
On May 15, the school announced that a male student who identifies as a female could continue to use the girls' restroom and locker room at the high school.
That's when Atherton's site-based decision making council decided "by consensus" to add a non-discrimination policy that includes gender identity. More than than a dozen people shared their views at the meeting after Principal Thomas Aberli solicited opinions in a letter sent home to parents. However, Aberli, under SBDM and JCPS rules, has the final say.
"Ultimately it's my responsibility to decide what discrimination is," Aberli said. "Transgender students will be allowed to continue to use the facilities of their gender identity."
Parents and religious leaders have complained about the decision so another discussion was held about the policy on May 29, and officials have now scheduled another meeting for June 3 to discuss the possibility of overturning the principal's current decision or making it a school policy.
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