Members of a Vermont high school girls volleyball team have been barred from using their locker room allegedly because they objected to having to change in front of a transgender teammate.
According to WCAX-3, Randolph High School volleyball team member Blake Allen said the controversy started after the trans teammate “made an inappropriate comment” to the girls when they were getting changed.
Allen said she doesn’t have an issue with having a transgender teammate, just that the teammate uses the same area to get changed as the (biological) girls do. Vermont state law allows transgender students to “play sports and use the locker room corresponding to their gender.”
Allen intimated that team members who had objected were dealing with possible harassment and bullying charges; an email sent home to Randolph HS parents said administrators were looking into whether the girls had harassed the transgender player.
However, another local news station’s report said the school was not taking sides on the issue during its investigation.
“My mom wants me to do this interview to try to make a change,” Allen said. “I feel like for stating my opinion — that I don’t want a biological man changing with me — that I should not have harassment charges or bullying charges. They should all be dropped.” …
[Allen] says that fellow team members and parents have also raised similar concerns and have approached the school with them. They were told that under state law, the transgender student could use whatever locker room they identified with.
In an email to families, school officials wrote that the school has “plenty of space where students who feel uncomfortable with the laws may change in privacy.”
“They want all the girls who feel uncomfortable — so pretty much 10 girls — to get changed in a single stall bathroom, which would take over 30 minutes. Where if one person got changed separately, it would take a minute, like no extra time,” Allen said.
Randolph Principal Lisa Floyd said “student safety was the district’s top priority,” and that if school policies were violated disciplinary action would be forthcoming.
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