NH transgender teen says he was kicked out of Christian school

Sunday, October 01, 2017

A high school senior says the private Christian school in New Hampshire that he attended since kindergarten told him he was no longer welcome because of his gender identity and suggested he get counseling.

Stiles Zuschlag, of Lebanon, Maine, told Seacoast Media Group he had excelled academically and in sports and had many friends at Tri-City Christian Academy in Somersworth when he made it known in 2015 that he was transgender.

He was on track to be valedictorian at the school this year, he said, before he and his mother met with the school administrator in August to talk about Zuschlag’s transition from female to male.

Zuschlag said the administrator, Paul Edgar, told him that he was no longer welcome at the school, that he was “going down the wrong path” and he should confess his sins and stop testosterone treatments. The teenager said he was told that he could not return to the school campus but could consider options, such as homeschooling and Christian counseling.

He decided then to transfer to Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine, where he said he now feels accepted.

New Hampshire education attorney Andru Volinsky said religious schools can legally ask a student to leave regardless of whether the school receives federal funding.