Texas school district reverses decision that removed trans student from ‘Oklahoma!’

A Texas school district reversed a high school’s restrictions on a production of “Oklahoma!” after a transgender teen lost his role in the show, prompting backlash from the community.

A Texas school district reversed a high school’s restrictions on a production of “Oklahoma!” after a transgender teen lost his role in the show, prompting backlash from the community. 

Sherman Independent School District board members voted 7-0 at a meeting Monday to reinstate the original cast and script chosen for the production after more than 60 people at the meeting criticized the school’s decision, NBC affiliate KTEN of Denison reported. 

“We want to apologize to our students, parents and our community regarding the circumstances that they have had to go through to this date,” board President Brad Morgan said in a statement after the meeting. “We understand that our decision does not erase the impact this had on our community, but we hope that we will reinforce to everyone, particularly our students, that we do embrace all of our Board goals, to include addressing the diverse needs of our students and empowering them for success in a diverse and complex world.”

Sherman High School in Sherman, Texas.Google mapsMax Hightower, a senior at Sherman High School, landed a starring male role in the musical this month. But soon afterward, the principal told Max and his family that the school had adopted a new policy for the “Oklahoma!” production that barred students from playing roles that didn’t align with their assigned sexes at birth, Phillip Hightower, Max’s father, told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth. The policy caused Max, a transgender boy, and other students who aren’t trans but were playing characters of different genders to lose their roles.

The school later changed course and said in a statement that there wouldn’t be a gendered casting rule but that the show would be edited down to be more “age appropriate.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-news/texas-school-district-reverses-decision-removed-trans-student-oklahoma-rcna125219


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