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Homecoming Controversy

A 17-year old senior finds himself in the middle of a homecoming controversy, what he hopes will be the outcome.
RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, CAMBRIA COUNTY--- A 17-year old senior finds himself in the middle of a homecoming controversy, what he hopes will be the outcome.

“Most seniors were very excited for me,” said Kasey Caron

The teen identifies himself as a male but was born a female.  He was nominated to be on the 2013 Homecoming Court.  School officials asked Caron which side of the ballot he wanted to be on, he chose male.

“For three days I was so excited and then everything was shattered,” said Caron.

School officials had to notify Caron because his driver’s license states he is a female it’s illegal for him to be on the kings ballot and has to go under the queen’s side.

“I was trying to understand what was going on,” said Caron.  “I was upset.”

Caron said he knew at a young age he wanted to be a male.  He also medically has a hormone imbalance called polycystic ovary syndrome.  The 17-year old who is drum major and very active in school said the district has always been very supportive and provided accommodations for him, which is why this issue over the homecoming situation comes as a shock.

Caron’s moms said they are proud of their son for standing up for himself but are upset over the situation.

“It would have never been an issue if they didn’t ask him first,” said Cindy Theys.  “Because they did that is when it became an issue.”

Caron and his mom understand the district is doing what they are legally told, but they would like to see something done to help other kids like Caron in the future.

“He cares about people and doesn’t want to see his happen to anyone else,” said Kathy Caron.

'We understand the school has to do what their lawyers say and we have no ill will towards the district in that regards," said Theys.

Caron is still listed on the queen’s ballot but plans to talk to school board officials at their Monday night meeting in hopes they will help change that.

‘It’s about who you are as a person, it doesn’t matter about your skin or hair color,” said Caron.  “I hope the board will see that.”
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