Transgender senior Issak Wolfe stood up in front of the the Red Lion School Board June 16th reminding them “You are dealing with a flesh and blood human being not just a story in the paper, not just a thorn in your side.”
Issak knows from experience how painful it is to be bullied by people in authority. His high school principal changed his campaign from prom king to queen without telling. If that wasn’t bad enough the school board is persisting in lying to Issak and his supporters saying it would be against the the law for them to read his male name at graduation.
Issak drives the point home “Reading my male name at graduation wouldn’t hurt anyone but reading my female name serves no purpose other than to hurt me more. Is it more important to push around a teenager than to make the school a safer place for all students?
PA Title 22 Education Code does not require schools to read a students legal name at graduation and the Red Lion School District has nothing in writing making that a requirement.
Issak isn’t asking them to put his male name on his diploma or alter the official records. He’s simply asking to be recognized on graduation for who he is.
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You can help take the sting out of Isaak’s graduation by signing his Graduation card.
Kudos to WPMT FOX43. Every story this station has published about Issak has been presented in the highest tradition of journalism and amazingly they just keep getting better with each report. Thank you.