Cumberland County Schools leaders will develop a policy about how to accommodate students who identify as the opposite sex after parents say they were unaware that a first-grade student at Fayetteville’s Howard Hall Elementary School started dressing and behaving in a manner stereotypically associated with girls.
“Once the (school) board attorney confirms that we do have this particular student, that they are a student in the Cumberland County Schools, then (the attorney) is going to get the school board together and address the policy that needs to be in place,” Cumberland County Schools school board member Michael Boose said. “We’re going to be in compliance with all federal and state laws and try to make the child as welcomed as we can under the circumstances.”
The school system recently became aware of the matter after parents expressed concerns that they weren’t notified that the child started wearing girl’s clothes and going by a female name, painting her nails and going to girls’ restrooms. Pam Long, a friend of the child’s family, said her parents allowed her to identify as a girl at the advice of their psychologist.