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Trans student says school won't allow him to be prom king, must run as queen instead

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A Georgia high school student says he was told he couldn't run for prom king because he's not biologically male.

Senior Dex Frier, 17, told WSB-TV that student's nominated him among six others for the title, but was later told that he could only run for queen. 

Frier says that he began to transition in his sophomore year.

"They don't have a clear rule that says you have to be biologically male to run for prom king (or that) you have to be biologically female to run for prom queen," said Frier. "There is no rule that states that."

Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield is being purposefully vague in his response but denies Frier was removed from the ballot. 

“First, this school district has never removed any student from any prom or homecoming court. Furthermore, I will not respond publicly, in any manner, to a situation that has the potential to single out any student in any way. We protect the privacy rights of our student body. On a broader note, I am not interested in being responsible for placing our school district in a the middle of a national social, societal and legal issue which would have the potential to substantially disrupt us from our core mission of providing an education for the boys and girls in our community. Prom should be a time for students to fellowship together and celebrate their local school.” 

Students are divided on the issue, both sides have started online petitions. 

Supporters have garnered over 14,000 signatures already while detractors have gathered about a dozen.

Fellow classmate Lena Hand says, "One of the petitions states, 'If your birth certificate does not say you're a male then you shouldn't be allowed to run for prom king,' (The other petition) has 10,000 people more than that one. They are behind us on this."

Frier feels the school's reluctance regarding his potential place in the court is wrong. 

"The fact that you're trying to convince everyone this is a problem for me to run is unbearable," he said.

The students will vote this Saturday during the prom and Frier will be there no matter what.

"I have some of the most supportive friends I could ask for surrounding me — actually I’m surrounded (by) about 12 people right now," he told BuzzFeed News during their interview. "They just wanted to to listen in to make sure I'm OK."