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Push Back Against School Push Out

Brad Choat
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Members of the Missouri GSA organized a rally in Kiener Plaza on September 29, 2013 to call attention to their "Push Back Against School Push Out" campaign. (KMOX/Brad Choat)

Members of the Missouri GSA organized a rally in Kiener Plaza on September 29, 2013 to call attention to their “Push Back Against School Push Out” campaign. (KMOX/Brad Choat)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Kevon is a 16-year-old St. Louisan who says he’s been the victim of school “push-out” practices.

“I’m a male and I dress female. People were not okay with that. I’ve been told I was a distraction.”

Kevon says he began being disciplined for his dress the first semester of his high school career and often was bullied by other students.

He says he was transferred to an alternative school for the second semester.

Morgan Keenan with the Missouri Gay-Straight Alliance says it’s youth like Kevon who are most at-risk of getting into trouble if not in the classroom, “Being pushed out of school can lead to a lot of things: homelessness, STDs, STIs, and the school-to-prison pipeline.”

The Missouri GSA says gay and transgender teens make up roughly 6% of the total youth population in the U.S., but represent upwards of 15% of the nation’s juvenile justice system.

The GSA is in the middle of its “Push Back Against School Push Out” campaign. For information on what the organization would like school districts to consider changing, visit the website http://www.dignityinschools.org .

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