Boy At KC-area Elementary School Asks To Be Called Jasmine

RAYTOWN, Mo. (KCTV) -- Parents of students at a Raytown elementary school were told about a classmate born as a male who is now asking to be referred to as a female.

A letter was sent to parents and guardians at Robinson Elementary School, located at East 67th Street and Woodson Road, on Friday explaining the situation.

In it they explain that a student previously known as Adam would like to be called Jasmine. School employees will now refer to Jasmine by her new name and teachers will introduce her in the same way.

Superintendent Dr. Allan Markley was not available to speak on the situation Tuesday and the Raytown School District had no statement.

Below is a full copy of the letter sent out to parents:

May 2, 2014

Dear Robinson Parent or Guardian,

In the interest of creating a positive and safe learning environment at Robinson, I want to share information with you about a schoolmate of your child's. This information is being shared with parent permission.

A birth-assigned gender male student who has been known as Adam at Robinson has returned to school as a female with the new, preferred name of Jasmine. School personnel have been instructed to refer to Jasmine by her new name, and Jasmine's teacher will introduce her to other students by her new name.

Teachers will encourage students to continue to be respectful of all students in their classes and to treat others as they would like to be treated; according them the same respect they wish for themselves.

If you have questions or would like to talk more with me, please call school at 816.268.7260.


Mrs. Elizabeth Arbisi, Principal