By Jon Dougherty
A female high school student in Pennsylvania has filed a federal civil rights complaint about being forced to share a locker room with a transgender biological male student, stating she felt “violated” when she was changing her clothes and he was “looking at me.”
According to WNEP-TV, attorneys for the Honesdale High School student say that the incident occurred earlier during the current school year. The complaint was filed last week with the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Division.
The student claims that her privacy was violated and that she was summarily subjected to sexual harassment over having to share a locker room with the transgender student.
The female student’s lawyers posted a video on Facebook describing what allegedly occurred. The female student, who has not been named, appeared in the video and said, “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.”
She noted further, “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.”
Attorney Andrea Shaw added in the video 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 said.
“The school’s offered solution made it clear that they believed that my client was the problem,” Shaw added.
School officials couldn’t comment to local media, citing the ongoing case. But they did say the school’s policies are in line with recent court decisions that mandate allowing transgender students to share the same locker rooms and bathroom facilities with the opposite biological sex.
Many Americans believe complaints like this one are long overdue. The Left is attempting to normalize the aberrant behavior of a few at the civil rights expense of the vast majority.
And while our Constitution and justice system were designed to protect the rights of minorities, of course, at what point are their rights to be given more importance, especially when doing so upends the societal norms and cultural mores that define a society?
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