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Pa. teen born female can’t run as ‘king’

Kasey Caron, 17, who identifies as male, will be on the ballot for homecoming queen.

Eric Knopsnyder/AP

Kasey Caron, 17, who identifies as male, will be on the ballot for homecoming queen.

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — A western Pennsylvania school board will not let a student who was born female but identifies as male run for homecoming king.

The Richland School Board did not rule on Kasey Caron’s request Monday night, but let stand an earlier decision by school administrators, which leaves the 17-year-old senior on the ballot for homecoming queen.

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‘‘No formal action is required due to the board agreeing with the previous decision of the administration,’’ board solicitor Timothy Leventry said.

Caron’s driver’s license has been switched to male, but Leventry has said that Pennsylvania law requires a person born female to have a physician certify a sex-change operation and have the birth certificate changed to legally be considered male.

Caron was diagnosed at a young age with polycystic ovary syndrome. It can cause females to produce higher-than-normal levels of male hormones, according to the US Department of Health and Human Service’s Office on Women’s Health.

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