Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


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In the midst of controversy surrounding a transgender student, the Hillsboro School District accepted the resignations of three board members Thursday.

The four remaining board members met at 6:30 a.m. Thursday to accept the resignations from Board President John Stewart, Vice President Dan McCarthy and Director Bo Harrison.

Stewart submitted his resignation letter Sept. 3. McCarthy and Harrison submitted theirs on Tuesday.

Superintendent Aaron D. Cornman said Stewart's and Harrison's letters simply announced they were resigning their seats and gave no reason. McCarthy, meanwhile, wrote that he was resigning due to strained philosophical differences. He did not elaborate.

The three resignations follow more than a week of controversy surrounding a transgender student's fight to use the girls' bathroom and locker room at the local high school.

Lila Perry, who previously had been living as a gay male, came out as transgender in the middle of last school year. She determined this year she would no longer be content using a gender-neutral restroom. Her decision triggered a student walkout, with most opposing Lila's having access to girls' facilities.

McCarthy did not return a message seeking comment, and Stewart was unavailable to discuss the reason for his departure.

Harrison told the Post-Dispatch on Thursday that he has strong feelings about the transgender controversy, but he insisted that isn't why he quit the board this week after nearly 12 years. Harrison said he was treated unfairly by the School Board and school staff for years.

Harrison, 70, said board members voted to ban him from school buildings based on comments he made that were taken out of context. He was banned once before for making a comment about having an Uzi; and recently he admitted using curse words while talking with adults about the transgender issue but said no students were close enough to him to hear. …

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