Stafford School Superintendent Scott Kizner said he apologized personally to the child and again to hundreds outraged over the disregard for life at a board meeting Tuesday.
“We did not live up to my unwavering expectation that every child and adult—regardless of race, religion, color, disability, gender and sexual orientation—is treated with respect and dignity and for that I apologize to the student, the family and the Stafford community,” Kizner said at the meeting.
“If there was someone armed in my school, I would have been the first one gone,” the student wrote in a letter read aloud by family friend Joni Wilson at a Stafford School Board meeting Tuesday. “I felt like an afterthought. If the whole thing wasn’t bad enough, the embarrassment caused me to have a panic attack in front of everyone.”
She added later: “I want you to stop treating me like I am a predator. It’s time for you to fix this.”
This transgender middle school student was refused shelter by teachers during a school mass shooting drill Sept. 28 as reported by Planet Trans
The student, who identifies as female, was in PE when the drill began but wasn’t allowed to shelter in either the girl’s or boy’s locker room where others were, but instead was forced to sit in the bleachers by herself.
After much debate teachers told her to wait in the hallway, outside of the locker rooms, until the lockdown drill was over.
Superintendent Scott Kizner said that he was ‘not opposed’ to policies that would make life more tolerable for transgender students but didn’t want district-wide procedures. Kizner indicated that he thought transgender policies should be decided on individual cases by each school.
In other words, Kizner’s apology is as worthless as his intent.
So Superintendent Scott Kizne is satisfied that some schools will inevitably force transgender students to seek safety in nurses bathrooms when, not if, another mass killing event occurs?
The blood of those students will be on his hands.
The abandonment of this child during that life-saving drill is evidence of the systematic prejudice transgender students endure countrywide. This can only be addressed and eventually rectified by uniform district-wide transgender-inclusive policies specifically establishing full unrestricted access for those students to public accommodations.
Stafford County schools had a policy allowing transgender students use of restrooms that corresponded to their gender expression but reversed that decision in 2015. fredericksburg.com reported that during contentious board meetings, some compared the treatment of the transgender student to the nation’s separate but equal education policies during segregation, while others said that the board’s lack of acceptance has exposed the child to bullying.
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