A transgender teen who identifies as male on Monday was told he
could not compete for homecoming king.
Kasey Caron, a 17-year-old student at Richland High School in
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, asked the Richland School Board to overturn
an earlier decision made by school administrators to leave the senior
on the ballot for homecoming queen. The school board upheld the
decision by refusing to act.
“No formal action is required due to the board agreeing with the
previous decision of the administration,” said Solicitor Timothy
“Basically, they're leaving Kasey on the female ballot,” Kathy
Caron, Kasey's mother, told The
Tribune-Democrat. “I'm disappointed.”
For the majority of his high school career, Kasey's teachers and
classmates have recognized him as male.
Kathy also asked the board to allow her son to wear the same color
cap and gown as male students at graduation. She also wants the
school to create a safer environment for LGBT students at the school.
The board said that it would consider her requests.
“I expected it to be a little more of a discussion rather than
flat out telling me they're going to take their own time,” said
Kasey, who has two moms. “I guess I'm going to have to wait.”
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