Watch KMOV-TV’s coverage of the dispute:
Almost 200 students at a Missouri high school don’t care if transgender student Lila Perry identifies as a female — they want the senior to use the boys locker room.
“Boys needs to have their own locker room. Girls need to have their own locker room and if somebody has mixed feelings where they are, they need to have their own also,” Hillsboro High School student Jeff Childs told KMOV-TV, the local CBS affiliate on Monday.
Perry, who wants to use the girls locker room, turned down the school’s offer to use a gender-neutral bathroom. The senior has identified as a girl since age 13.
“I am [a] girl. I shouldn’t be pushed off to another bathroom,” Perry told the station. “There’s a lot of ignorance. They are claiming that they’re uncomfortable. I don’t believe for a second that they are. I think this is pure and simple bigotry.”
A small group of about 40 students joined a counter-protest in support of Perry.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch asked the high school’s administrators for comment but were referred to Superintendent Aaron D. Cornman. He would not comment on the issue, but did release a written statement.
“[The district] respects the rights of all students and appreciates the fact that the students we are educating are willing to stand on their belief system and to support their cause/beliefs through their expression of free speech,” Corman’s statement said, the newspaper reported Tuesday.