A Pennsylvania high school is in hot water after attorneys for a female student filed a federal complaint alleging the student was sexually harassed and her privacy violated when a transgender student was allowed to use the girl’s locker room.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Division showed that the event took place early this year at Honesdale High School.
The victim’s lawyers have posted an online video detailing the allegations.
The unidentified victim detailed the event and how she discovered she was being abused. She states that, “while I was putting on my pants I heard a man’s voice, so I turned around, and he’s standing there on the opposite aisle looking at me. I glanced down and could tell that he was wearing women’s underwear and what was underneath it.”
“When I knew that a man was looking at me, I felt very violated and very scared — especially looking at me while I’m getting dressed,” she continued.
One of the attorneys, Andrea Shaw also spoke out in the video sharing that, “opening up restrooms and locker rooms to members of the opposite sex is sexual harassment. Like most forms of sexual harassment, the girls in this school have little power over their situation. The school’s only solution for my client was for her to wait outside the locker room until the individual of the opposite sex was finished changing, and then she went in and was late for gym class and also late for her second period class.”
Shaw also said that ,”The school’s offered solution made it clear that they believed that my client was the problem.”
Wayne Highlands School District superintendent claimed to be unable to comment on the incident yet did admit that the district’s policy aligns with current court decisions to allow transgenders to use the facilities that they identify with.