Transgender Student Kicked Off Basketball Team in Red Bluff

Transgender Student Kicked Off Basketball Team in Red Bluff

Posted: Feb. 2, 2018 6:59 PM
Updated: Feb. 2, 2018 6:59 PM

Red Bluff, Calif --  Tweleve-year-old Jr. White from Red Bluff was kicked off his schools basketball team this week because he identifies as female. 

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His family, who uses the male pronoun, says they arrived home on Thursday to find this letter from the Antelope School District.
In the letter it states if Jr. wants to identify as female then he needs to get off the male’s basketball team but California law states differently.
"This is what people have been doing to him at the school and the school has done nothing," says mom Vanessa. 
Vanessa says sports are a big part of her son’s life, and has actively been on a team since he was six years-old.
But receiving a letter on Thursday from the Anteleope Elementary School District, just two hours before his basketball game, that he was kicked off the boys team because he identifies as female, broke their hearts.
"We had to sit him down and tell him what happened," said dad Matt.
The letter states, if Jr. identifies as a female, and is asking to use the female restroom, then he is quote “no longer eligible to participate on any male only athletic team.” 
But that’s not what the law states.
According to AB 12 66 signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown, transgender students can choose whether they want to play on the boys or girls team, and for Jr. that’s boys.
We reached out to the school district to ask more about the letter.
However, the superintendent said he was busy and gave Action News Now this statement.
“This is a confidential student case. I cannot release any information about this.”
The White’s however say they're not done fighting.
"we're not just going to disappear. we're not not going to be heard," said vanessa. 
Jr.'s basketball team is starting a tournament this weekend without him.
He says he'll support but hope to be out there with them soon.

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