Numerous people spoke Tuesday evening at the Harrison County Board of Education meeting about diversity and the need of policy implementation for LGBTQU inclusion.
Speakers encouraged the BOE to make and administer supportive and non-harmful policies for transgender students. Last year, Assistant Principal Lee Livengood at Liberty High School in Clarksburg was reprimanded for bullying Michael Critchfield a transgender student. A petition has been started to for LGBTQU students that encourages the BOE to develop a policy for diversity.
“I think people would just really like to see the schools take action and ensure that those policies are in place, and that what happened to Michael doesn’t happened in the future,” said Mollie Kennedy, community outreach coordinator with the ACLU of West Virginia.
Many polices were cited in the meeting and given as reference to the BOE including siting the state BOE non-discrimination policy. One parent said that they are hopeful and moving forward that the BOE will continue to work with its teachers and students developing programs that will support all students.