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Temple High School students walked out of class today in support of a transgender student.

The peaceful protest took place during third period.

A 16-year-old student posted online that a teacher said the student could not use the female restroom or locker room.

Temple Police officers and additional security were on campus “to help ensure the safety of all staff and students,” Temple Independent School District spokesman Jon Wallin said.

“Students have the right to peaceful protests. However, if such activities result in student behaviors such as skipping class or leaving a classroom without permission, then these Student Code of Conduct violations will result in consequences as outlined in the Code of Conduct,” Wallin said in a statement.

All campus activities have continued as normal, he said.

“Campus administration met with the student and a parent last week when this initial concern was raised by the student,” Wallin said.

“Together, they reviewed the steps outlined in the … document, “Enrollment of Transgender Students,” and discussed a plan to address the student’s needs.

Temple ISD policies regarding transgender students have been in place since 2019, Wallin said.

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