- Dex Frier was nominated for prom king.
- However, the high school senior says that administrators at Johnson High School will only let him run for prom queen.
- Frier, who is transgender, said that school officials told him he could not run for prom king because he is not “legally male.”
- School officials have declined to comment.
Seventeen-year-old high school senior Dex Frier says that his high school has given him an ultimatum. Despite being nominated for prom king, Frier’s school says they will only allow him to run for prom queen.
According to BuzzFeed News school officials told Frier, who is transgender, told him he could not run for prom king because he is not “legally male.”
The news that he was apparently ineligible to run for prom king came on March 15. He described the meeting as “upsetting,” and leaving him feeling “suppressed.”
“They called me there to tell me I couldn’t run for prom king because I wasn’t legally male and that was the way it was in Hall County [school district],” the teen said. “The only way I was eligible to run for prom was to be put on the prom queen ballot.”
Following the principal and superintendent’s decision, one of Frier’s classmates created a petition advocating on his behalf. At this time, it has over 14,000 signatures.
“We, the Johnson High School student body, elected Dex Frier to represent us as a male member on Prom Court-this was a free-response, purely democratic election system in which Dex was one of six males who received the most votes, ” the petition states. “Not only are we confused at this decision, but we are severely disappointed in the Hall County School Board.”
The school, which on the Hall County School District website purports to be “The most caring place on Earth,” stands by its decision.
The district’s superintendent declined to comment directly to “protect the privacy rights of our student body.”
“I am not interested in being responsible for placing our school district, by acts of commission or omission, in the middle of a national social, societal and legal issue which would have the potential to substantially disrupt us from our core mission of providing an education for the boys and girls in our community,” he told BuzzFeed News.
Speaking to Teen Vogue, Frier said he questioned the school’s intentions.
“I don’t think you should be able to preach that and then, for a lack of better words, discriminate against your LGBTQ students just because they are different,” Frier said. “I don’t think you should be able to say the ‘most caring place on Earth,’ if it’s actually not.”
The week since Frier’s initial meeting with school officials has been chaotic. But he says he is grateful for the support he’s recieved from his friends.
“I will go to prom regardless of the outcome because I just want to be with my friends,” Frier told the Gainsvillle Times. “I wouldn’t want to be surrounded by any other people.”
Frier did not immediately respond to INSIDER’s requests for comment.
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