Mass. high school eliminating the term freshman to be more gender inclusive
EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WKRC) - A high school in Massachusetts is trying to eliminate the word "freshmen," according to a report by WWLP.
Easthampton High School wants to change the term to "first year students" to be more gender inclusive.
The change was recommended by a Gender and Sexuality Alliance Group at the school. The group went through the school's handbook and came up with suggestions on how the language could be more gender neutral.
“Currently High School students would have the right of free speech to use the term 'freshmen',” James Winston, Esq., told WWLP. "The school would have a very high bar to show that there was some type of harm that would happen with that term being used."
The school's superintendent released a statement making it clear that students could still say freshmen if they choose to.
Easthampton High School was recently instructed to undergo diversity and inclusion training after being investigated by the Attorney General's office for racial incidents at the school.