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After facing harrassment at Wilsonville High School, these three have felt accepted at Art Tech.

PMG PHOTO: HOLLY BARTHOLOMEW - Arts and Technology High School has welcomed (From Left) Miles Olson, Danny Anton and Liam Betts with open arms.Many people don't look back on their high school experience with a whole lot of fondness. It can be a difficult time for lot of people, but at least most high schoolers don't have to be afraid to use the bathroom at school.

This was the case for three transgender teens in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District before they transferred to Arts and Technology High School in Wilsonville.

Danny Anton, a sophomore, transferred to Art Tech at the start of this school year, while freshman Liam Betts and sophomore Miles Olson both transferred in the middle of this school year.

While life as a transgender teen is still anything but easy, things got a lot better for these three once they arrived at Art Tech.

"Once I got here, everyone was immediately accepting and no one really questioned it," Olson said. "One person who I had known before used my dead name (the name a person went by before they came out as transgender) because they didn't know I was trans but once they figured it out, they immediately respected me, which was nice to have compared to my old school where people were terrible."

Anton, Olson and Betts each said that with an enrollment around 100 students, the small community at Art Tech feels like a family, which they all appreciate because even their own families don't always feel that way.

Click here to read the rest of the story in the West Linn Tidings.


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