At that time, Cornman said in a statement that 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.”
Cornman added that the district accepts all students no matter their race, gender or sexual orientation.
“We will promote tolerance and acceptance of all students that attend our district while not tolerating bullying/harassing behaviors of any type in any form,” Cornman’s statement read.
Perry has said the school administration has been supportive and made her feel welcome, though she insisted she didn’t want to be relegated to using a unisex bathroom.
“I am a girl. I am not going to be pushed away to another bathroom,” she has told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Cornman again said Thursday the board would work with the Missouri School Boards’ Association, attorneys and other educational interests “to bring resolution to this matter.”
“As a school district, we’re doing everything we can to provide an environment where all students have the opportunity to learn and be allowed to express themselves as young members of society,” Cornman said.
The school board’s treasurer was named its acting president Thursday.
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