SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A Shreveport student is asking for an apology from the Caddo Parish School Board after they released a statement saying they never said she could not dress as a woman in her graduation pictures.
Kami Pham is a senior at Southwood Highschool. The 19-year-old transgender woman claims a school official initially told her she could not have a particular photo put in her school yearbook, and that she could not join her class at graduation dressed as a girl.
"Basically I said can I wear my wig, my makeup and my heels he told me no… I was like well can I wear my nails, he told me yes, I said well If you're going to let me wear my nails why can't you just take the whole package," Pham said.
Pham says before fighting back by reaching out for support on social media, she complied.
"March 9, 2018, when my teacher pulled me out and said I had Friday and Monday to retake those photos or resend her photos...My problem is why did I have to send in another set of photos if the first one should have been approved anyway," Pham said.
The Caddo Parish School Board is on the defensive. In a statement, they said a conversation about whether or not Pham could dress as a woman never happened.
And even though Pham's preferred picture will be in the yearbook and she will be allowed to walk dressed as a woman, she says what she's looking for next.. is an apology.
"I want the man to state the fact that he actually told me no because if he would've told me yes I would have never done none of this that's common sense if you say yes to somebody.. why would they go this far," Pham said.
Since then, the story has made national headlines, something Kami says she never expected.
"I was actually very, very shocked because I didn't think it would go viral."
The school board spokeswoman says the parish has other transgender students, and will not offer an apology to Pham for a conversation they say never took place.
A petition started by "Southwood students" is aiming to shed a spotlight on Kami's story. Formed on change.org, it says in part: