You raise a couple of good points, actually along with some not-so-good ones.I actually have gone to school with this person. Not that i actually know this person from a relationship or friendship, mearly from seeing "her" in the hallways / outside shcool. Not that i have anything actually mean to say about this person, I guess i really just have to vouche for other students: If you honestly, see a man,(or at least assumed one) and wearing fashion of women in a public school with a large attendance of students. You cant expect someone NOT to say anything. Maybe not picking on this individual is the most radical thing to do, but you cant really expect other individuals to accept someone of this nature right away. Hey, do what you want. Its not my life. Just please dont make a big deal over something that doesnt need to be a giant phenomenon. Hate is all around us. Hate and racism have exsisted since almost the beggining of time. Sure, we all want it to go away, but dont make everyone feel sorry for you because you are "treated unfairly". Its not the school boards fault either. Obviously they havent dealt with this kind of situation before and are dealing with it the best way they can. Like i said before, i have nothing against this person. I just dont see how it is such a big deal, when there are millions of "hate crimes" occuring each day.
On the one hand, expecting kids not to bully those who are different is not by any means asking too much of them. Some people are different, and the sooner kids learn to deal with that, the better equipped they will be to deal with the world.
On the other hand, yes, this is an issue that school boards, faculty, and student bodies have little experience with and have to figure out.
But then, that's why articles like this are important. That's why it's important for us to discuss these issues in public forums. As a society, we DON'T know how to deal with transgender individuals, and we need to figure it out, with as little injustice done to all concerned as possible.