THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — After being approached by a social worker, the Transgender Law Center was able to free a 9-year-old transgender boy who was isolated from the rest of the student body under a ‘special education lockdown plan.’
The boy, Trace, was initially suspended from that unnamed Missouri elementary school in late 2012 after he announced to his classmates that he was a boy. After 3 weeks, the school let him return, but he was under strict supervision, segregated from the entire student body into a special education classroom, where he spent the entire day, including lunch and recess.
After contact from the TLC, the school backed off most, if not all of the restrictions placed on Trace.
From the TLC:
“The school’s actions were plainly discriminatory, in violation of his right to an appropriate and equal education under federal law—both under Title IX, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, and under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Special education classrooms have historically been used to isolate minority students. As a result, stringent standards have been implemented under federal law to prohibit this unfair and discriminatory treatment of targeted students.”
Although this issue is supposedly settled, I’d be considering a lawsuit. The ‘special education’ stigma isn’t likely to go away anytime soon. I also shudder at the thought that taxpayer dollars were used to “lock down” this kid.
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