Kids Today

[Content Note: Transphobia.]

Teenager Jasper Behrends defied the administrators at his northern Virginia high school and kept doing the art he wanted to do, even though the vice principal told him "although he had 'no problem' with the LGBTQ theme, there is a 'time and a place' for 'these things' and that it did not belong in public schools."

Imagine being the kind of person who tells a transgender student that their school is neither the time nor the place for art about being transgender.

An educational institution that doesn't acknowledge individual students' lived experiences is not only creating a missed opportunity for privileged students and engaging in a cruel neglect of marginalized students, but it's providing a poor education.

Despite that bullshit:

On behalf of the College Board, I am pleased to inform you that your artwork has been selected for inclusion in the 2017-2018 AP® Studio Art Exhibit. The exhibit is produced annually by the AP Program to honor and celebrate the work of outstanding AP Studio Art students.
Jasper "earned the highest possible score on his Studio Art Exhibit." And will undoubtedly go on to do better things with his life than be a shitbird to students one is meant to support and protect.

Congratulations, Jasper. Your art is exquisite.

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