KUOW-TV (Kansas City, Mo.)
– (Reuters) – A Kansas State Fair spokeswoman says the fair is not accepting book fair applications from students who say they have not been allowed to attend because of race or gender identity.
The spokeswoman, Emily Krawczyk, said Thursday the fair does not discriminate against students who are seeking admission based on race or who are a minority or are transgender.
In response to a questionnaire sent to the fair by the National Center for Transgender Equality, Krawcyk said the fair will be accepting applications for the 2018 edition of the Scholastic Book Fair.
“Our goal is to make it as inclusive as possible for all students regardless of who they are or where they live,” Krawczak said.
“Our goal for the Schollery Book Fair is to have a safe and welcoming environment for all.”
Last year, the fair made national headlines when it hosted the event at the site of a controversial Confederate memorial that still stands there today.
In 2016, a transgender student at Kansas-based public school Wichita Christian High School was arrested after being found to be a member of a hate group after allegedly yelling anti-LGBT slurs and using the N-word during a school assembly.
The school district said the student was expelled from the school for violating the school’s nondiscrimination policy and the case was dismissed.
(Reporting by Rachel A. Smith; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)