Student at All Girls' School Identifies as Transgender

Rosemont, Pa. (WTXF)   A prominent local school for girls’ is now faced with having to make adjustments because a student identifies as transgender. As of now, they don't have a policy but they do have a task force, which was formed in October.

A student at the Agnes Irwin School for Girls, a private girls' school in Rosemont, Pa., recently came out as a transgender. Alix Jacobs, class of 1959 and a class representative, says it is a sign of the times.

Students learned of the news in an assembly on Friday, January 8th. They reportedly received specific instructions on the student's new name and proper pronoun usage. The head of school Dr. Wendy Hill notified parents in an email yesterday.

It reads in part,  "We learned that an upper school student who has been a member of our community for many years, identifies as a transgender. The student shared this fact with classmates within this individual's grade as well as advisors for the grade."

No one wanted to comment on camera, but the director of communication issued a statement saying, "We are engaged in discussions about the admission and retention of transgender students. We have committed to educating ourselves as faculty, staff, trustee board and administration in a thoughtful and deliberate manner."

The student is reportedly in 11th grade and wants to stay.

The Agnes Irwin School for Girls was founded back in 1869 by a great granddaughter of Benjamin Franklin.

The task force looking into the matter will make a recommendation to the head of school and the board of trustees in the spring.The board  will then will make the  final determination on the Irwin's transgender policy.


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