Atherton High School Upholds Addition of Transgender Protections to Anti-Discrimination Policy

Atherton High School’s decision-making council on Tuesday evening upheld a decision to adopt an anti-discrimination policy with specific protections for transgender students.

The policy remained school policy after a special SBDM meeting was called to address complaints circulated after a vote to add the policy was made last month. 

The need for a transgender specific policy came after complaints arose that a male-bodied transgender student was using the girls’ restrooms at the school. Jefferson County Public Schools does not have a districtwide policy addressing the question.

Related: The Lives of Louisville’s Transgender Students

Atherton High Principal Thomas Aberli said the people in the school have overwhelmingly supported the decision. Aberli said  transgender students must first seek approval from a school administrator before being allowed to use the restroom of the gender with which they identify.

“The council voted today in a way that mirrors the vision of the school community,” Aberli said following the meeting.

If a student is denied the right to use a restroom of their choosing, he said they will have the right to appeal.

Jacob Ryan

Jacob Ryan is the Urban Affairs reporter for WFPL.

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