Transphobic Principal Says Student Can’t Be Prom King

20130423_124153_Issak_200A Pennsylvania high school is in hot water this week after denying a transgender student the opportunity to become prom king. The school’s principal, Mark Shue, claims it’s “not traditional.”

Issak Wolf, a senior attending Red Lion Area Senior High School says he “always identified as male.” He admits that transitioning wasn’t nearly as difficult as he’d imagined: with full parental support and general support from fellow classmates and teachers, his experience had been more favorable than that of other modern transgender teenagers.

Until last week.

After double-checking with the high school’s prom committee and advisor, Issak Wolfe was added to the ballot for to run for prom king. Weeks later, when the student body had gathered in the cafeteria to vote, Issak Wolfe realized he was listed as a candidate for prom queen under his birth name, Sierra.

“For a transgendered person, it is degrading to have that, and I wasn’t even warned,” said 18-year-old Isaak. Though he’s been accepting of Principal Shue’s decision, Issak wishes “he made a more progressive decision.”

Now that prom court voting is over, the only thing Isaak wants is an apology. He told the York Daily Record that he has no ill will toward Shue or the district, but wants an apology for missing the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“I would like an apology, at a minimum,” Isaak said. “I wasn’t gin a fair opportunity. I mean, if I don’t win, I don’t win…but I’m not a queen.”

Friends and classmates have already started a Facebook group for Isaak in an effort to make him honorary prom king.

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  • Dakotahgeo

    When the hell are these educational wizards going to learn that they do not set the stage or the definition of what’s ‘traditional’ or not??!! Put an injunction on the school’s Prom within a radius of 200 miles so they don’t think they can get around the injunction. These Administrative SS troops need to be horsewhipped until they learn!


    How lucky they are you not my child! thing would have been a lot different
    to the school if you were my son. AdamHomo

  • Dakotahgeo

    @DOFEK: Thank you for the excellent example that you have no education whatsoever. However, AA and NA is still an option for you. Maybe they’ll even throw in a few grammar and spelling lessons for you… Loser!

  • Ruhlmann

    @Dakotahgeo: You’re not funny and actually more annoying.

  • Dakotahgeo

    @Ruhlmann: Why, whyyy, thank you! Much appreciated, especially since you’re DOFEK’s evil twin. (I wasn’t trying to be funny, but deadly serious!). Kudos and a smile! :-)

  • Dresden

    @Dakotahgeo: I’d rather read DOFEK’s lunatic rantings than your incessant, vitriolic whine fests any day.

  • Dakotahgeo

    @Dresden: LOLOL… not a problem, but I do find it difficult to ‘dumb’ comments down so you can understand them. That’s okay… progress will hit even you some day, lolol. You read what you can understand.

  • dsp

    May the young Issac Wolf get his apology and may he have a great prom and a wonderful fulfilling life!

  • Polaro

    How undemocratic.

  • Ruhlmann

    @Dakotahgeo: “I wasn’t trying to be funny, but deadly serious!” Okay now you are marginally funny. Let’s see how you do clever.

  • Will L

    I’m afraid Sad Sack here doesn’t exactly embody the spirit of prom royalty. I hope his tru personality is more dynamic than his picture. School records normally reflect the child’s legal name. There was a goober in my class that got into a row about them using his real name and not his nickname. Change your damn name, if you want that used. The same holds true here. If he has legally changed his name, the school should use it. Otherwise, it’s just a nickname.

  • Dakotahgeo

    @Ruhlmann: Thank you for those compliments. Coming from you, they are a badge of honor! Kudos!

    As to your “clever” remark: You seem to be under the mistaken notion that I am here to be liked and kiss ass! Please, for your own sake dispel that myth immediately… failure to do so will cause you to be very disappointed!

    (And what the hell are you doing reading 3 1/2 month old news? Did you finally parse the story out? Hmmm!

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