13-year-old Transgender Girl’ Valentine coming out Dance a nightmare

Charissa Mehojah
Charissa Mehojah
Rice Creek School in Port Wentworth, Georgia.

Charissa Mehojah says her 13-year-old transgender daughter was pulled out of the school Valentine’s day dance and isolated in the library for ‘wearing a costume’.

Mehojah says her 13-year-old transgender daughter was wearing a black blouse, black slacks, eye shadow, and a rose in her hair when she was pulled out of a Valentine’s Day dance at Rice Creek School in Port Wentworth, Georgia.

Mehojah says she later found out her daughter was pulled out and isolated in the school library according to
“She was crying and upset because this was the first time she was able to express who she is inside, in a public setting. Honestly, she was going to go in a dress, but she chose not to just in case it was going to be a problem,” said Mehojah.

Mehojah says she met with the school counselor—who told her she removed her daughter because she was wearing a costume.

The mom says when she explained to the counselor and principal that her daughter is transgender, the principal asked her for medical proof.

“Instead of apologizing and correcting the behavior, they asked for medical proof that my daughter is transgender. There is no such animal as medical proof,” said Mehojah.

Mehojah says since the meeting the principal has verbally apologized to her daughter, but no one has contacted her.

We looked up the dress policy for Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools for non-uniform days.

There is nothing in the dress code that restricts students from wearing blouses, slacks, makeup, or flowers, regardless of that student’s orientation.

“Childhood is when you- your formative years are when you start forming who you are at your core. You should be able to express that,” said Charissa Mehojah.

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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


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