200 high school students walk out of class to voice opinions on transgender student's rights, skip class.

200 high school students walk out of class to voice opinions on transgender student's rights, skip class.
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Students in Missouri left class to protest both for and against this transgender student's rights.

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Lila Perry is schooling everyone on LBGT issues.
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Lila Perry is a transgender student at Hillsboro High School in Missouri. Since Lila identifies as female, she has been changing for gym class in the girl's locker room, although she is still physically male. She opted to drop gym class because she didn't feel safe or comfortable, something a lot of people have wanted to do, but for far less drastic reasons.

On Monday, nearly 200 students left class, some in support of Lila, some in opposition. Whether or not they felt strongly, all students involved in the walkout definitely wanted an reason to get out of school for the afternoon.

Lila told Fox2Now "It wasn't too long ago white people were saying 'I don't feel comfortable sharing a bathroom with a black person' and history repeats itself... I think this is pure and simple bigotry, I think they are using their claim they are uncomfortable, to target me a transgender woman." 

From the news clip below, it appears that only one parent was involved in the protest, Jeff Childs, who drove to the school to hold a neon sign and voice his opinion.

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One man protest.
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Jeff told Fox2Now: "I feel these girls have a right to their own privacy. Without the privacy they have nothing."

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Punctuation also matters.
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Lila commended the school for how they've handled everything, giving it a 9 out of 10 for supporting her. She is dealing with a heavy human rights issue on top of all the other heaping loads of crap high school doles out. By adding her voice to the transgender community, hopefully other students facing similar opposition will see they're not alone.

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HILLSBORO, MO (KTVI) - Students staged a walk-out even though a transgender student at Hillsboro High School has decided to drop out of P.E. class and quit changing in the girl's locker room. It is an issue that educators across the country are dealing with.

Students walked out for almost two hours. Some against what the transgender student has been doing, others supporting her. Lila Perry was sequestered in a school office during the walkout. She feels like what`s she`s doing is important.

"It wasn`t too long ago white people were saying I don`t feel comfortable sharing a bathroom with a black person and history repeats itself." said Lila Perry.

Close to 200 students used their right of free speech to express both displeasure and support of Lila Perry. She is a transgender student, who until recently, has been changing for P.E. class in the girls bathroom even though she is still physically male.

Jeff Childs, a parent of two school age children, drove from farming to have his voice heard on a Hillsboro street corner. "I feel these girls have a right to their own privacy. Without the privacy they have nothing."

The issue attracted a huge turnout at last week`s school board meeting.

"I find it offensive because Lila has not went through any procedure to become female, putting on a dress and putting on a wig is not transgender to me." said student Sophie Beel.

"I think this is pure and simple bigotry I think they are using their claim they are uncomfortable, to target me a transgender woman." said transgender student Lila Perry.

"She is a human and she has human rights as everyone else." said student Hayley Reezes.

Perry says she dropped P.E. because she didn't feel comfortable with the other girls and she was concerned about her safety. However, Lila Perry says she gives the school administration a 9 on a 1-10 scale for making her feel safe, welcomed and loved.

School officials issued a statement that says they will promote tolerance and the district accepts all students regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

As for the students right to free speech, it was limited. Any of them out of class for more than two hours could face an in school suspension.

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