A bus driver in New York state kicked two students, age 15 and 16,聽off a school bus on their way聽home from South Glens Falls High School after the driver insisted that the kids sit according to gender, and saying the聽teens should sit on the girls鈥 side, something that should not have happened, according to the school鈥檚 administration.

According to聽The Post Star, the students both identify as聽gender non-binary, meaning that they don鈥檛 fall into traditional gender categories at all. The students, Leo Washington and Aaren Sweetnor, chose to sit on the 鈥渂oys鈥 side of the bus, and, according to Washington, that鈥檚 when the chaos began.

鈥淏efore he started the bus, (the bus driver) gave us this weird look and he told us to get to the girls鈥 side of the bus and we didn鈥檛 move because we felt more comfortable where we were sitting. When we tried to explain it to him, he started yelling at us to move to the other side of the bus,鈥 Washington told聽The Post Star.

One student began filming the altercation, which was then uploaded to Facebook. In聽the video, other students who were also riding the bus can be heard coming to Washington and Sweetnor鈥檚聽aid, saying things like, 鈥淭his isn鈥檛 right,鈥 and asking the driver, 鈥淲hat about what they want?鈥

Sweetnor and Washington eventually got off the bus, went back to their school, and had the principal contact their parents before taking alternate buses home.

But here鈥檚 where the story takes an encouraging turn.

The kids鈥 school district and administration immediately stood by the students. In a聽press release聽last week, the聽South Glens Flls Superintendent of Schools, Michael Patton, clarified that the district does not tolerate discrimination of any kind, saying, 鈥淎ll students need to feel safe and supported when they are in our classrooms, on our school property, or riding in our school buses.鈥 He then pledged that the board will continue to work toward better education for staff and students.

鈥淲e will continue to train and educate all of our students and adults about protecting the rights and needs of all students. We will continue to work hard in creating a supportive learning environment that is safe and free of any form of discrimination. I hope this unfortunate event can be used as a learning experience for all.鈥

Patton also聽told The Post Star that while the driver鈥檚 reaction was inappropriate, he believes the driver was only trying to create order in an otherwise chaotic situation and that the students were well within their rights to refuse the request.

Studies show that trans and non-binary聽youth are at risk for increased mental health disorders, as well as higher suicide rates. With more support from peers, parents, and schools, and through organizations like the Ackerman Institute for the Family, more trans and gender non-conforming kids will grow up healthy, safe, and secure.

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