BATESVILLE, Mississippi (WMC) -- Leah Walton is anxious for her first prom this weekend. But just a few months ago, the South Panola High School senior was known as Dylan, a man.

"Excited, I got my dress last Thursday," said Walton. "About four weeks ago is when I started my transition full time."

Leah is a transgender and has been dressing as a female at school for only a month.

Monday, February 25 was Leah's first day.

"The first week was the hardest week," Walton explained. "I made sure I had clothes and stuff and I wore jeans and a cute top and I wore high heels."

One group of students protested by violating the dress code, but Leah's Mom, Kimberly Hood, says it is the older generation that caused most of the fuss.

"It was the parents, the grown adults using words like 'abomination' and calling Leah 'it'," said Hood. "It hurt a lot. It really hurt a lot. I've lost friends."

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