The decision has garnered criticism from parents and LGBTQ+ rights advocates.
“You may win this today, but you're going to lose,” out Missouri state Rep. Ian Mackey told his Republican colleagues.
“You think we’re going around forcing our genitalia in people’s faces? We’re trying to go to the bathroom,” the teenager responded to the senator's questions.
The boy was forced to use a single-person restroom for P.E. and sports after being banned from the boys' restrooms and locker rooms.
Students at Lee's Summit High School say administrators have failed to stop the bullying, and the victim and his friends have been punished after they tried to defend themselves.
A scandal in Missouri shows the past is very much present when it comes to erasing the queer experience.