Sherman ISD delays play, father disputes reason
SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) -- Sherman Independent School District is postponing their production of the musical Oklahoma!
According to Phillip Hightower, his transgender son Max was given a male part in the musical before he was told he couldn't play that part due to his birth gender.
The school district did not confirm this as reason for the delay saying in part, "It was brought to the district's attention the current production contained mature adult themes, profane language and sexual content."
The statement went on to say: "There is no policy on how students are assigned roles. as it relates to this particular production, the sex of the role as identified in the script will be used when casting."
Phillip Hightower claims the delay is for different reasons.
"I mean, they didn't even try to jazz it up when they called me; it was, 'Max isn't a boy, essentially, so Max can't have this role.' And you know, you never forget something like that."
In its statement, Sherman ISD said the show is expected to be rescheduled for mid-January.