An Ohio transgender high school student was reportedly sent home from school for wearing a skirt.
Dylan Hill, 18, is a senior at Woodward High School in Toledo, ABC 13 noted. Hill, who was born a boy but identifies as a girl, was reportedly not allowed to take her orchestra pictures because of a dress code violation.
“I've wore my skirt multiple times at Woodward without a problem until now,” Hill told ABC 13. “I was told by the teacher I will not be able to take pictures because I came in a skirt. I talk to the Principal and he sent me home for being out of dress code.”
Hill said she was upset by the principal's comments.
“He told me I could come back as long as I don't wear female attire again,” Hill explained.
“The district is committed to working with any students who identify themselves as transgender and will make accommodations to their needs so their education can continue,” Toledo Public Schools said in a statement. School officials added that the principal had offered suggestions to resolve the issue, but it was Hill who decided to leave.
School administrators also said that Hill never told them she was transgender.
Still, Hill said she believes the school district needs to change its policy with regards to disciplining transgender students, especially considering the legal issues they could be facing.
“I wake up at four o'clock in the morning I have to take two buses to get to the school and I'm there for one class to get sent home,” Hill added. “It just messed me up that we can't be ourselves when we are in a safe place. It's [supposed] to be a safe zone.”
In 2011, there were nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. who identified as transgender, according to the Williams Institute.