UPDATED District addresses after-school bus incident

September 25, 2017

Last week, students on one of the district’s after-school bus runs were asked by the bus driver to sit on one side of a school bus or the other, based on gender.

A student, who has publicly identified themself as nonbinary transgender, and a second transgender student, chose to sit on a particular side of the bus. The bus driver then asked the students to sit on the opposite side of the bus, which the students did not feel comfortable doing. Because they would not move, the bus driver asked them to exit the bus.

While the district does not believe the intent behind the driver’s actions was malicious, the district does not condone his actions.

The South Glens Falls Central School District does not tolerate discrimination of any kind. We believe that it is part of our mission to provide a safe and secure educational environment that is free from discrimination.

The district will continue to work with our bus drivers, as well as all faculty and staff members, to educate our school community. We must ensure our community members understand each other’s needs.

“We are an educational institution and because we are here to foster teaching and learning, we will make this situation a teachable moment,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael Patton, Ed.D. “We reaffirm our long-standing commitment to a discrimination-free environment and we commit to continue doing the work we need to do to ensure all employees understand and are sensitive to each student’s individual needs.”

“South Glens Falls High School has already established a culture of acceptance and support for all students, but that work is always evolving,” said SGFHS Principal Pete Mody. “Our high school is a place where faculty and staff are dedicated, through action and ideology, to providing an environment where every student feels safe and accepted.”

“As high school principal, I have committed to meeting regularly with all of our school’s student support groups because I believe that student voice is an important component in understanding the emerging needs of our student body,” Mody said. “We are proud of our students for standing up and supporting each other. We want to continue to encourage and empower our students to be themselves, to stand up for others when necessary, and to give all of our staff the tools to support them in doing so. We have many conversations ahead of us, but I am confident that those conversations will lead to healing and to growth.”

Category: District News, SGFalls HS News