High School Student Files Complaint After School Permits Boy to Use Girls’ Locker Room
(HONESDALE, PA – March 14, 2019) – A Pennsylvania female high school student has filed a complaint with the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights over a violation of her privacy rights after encountering a boy in the girls’ locker room and subsequently being told by the school that if she does not want to change with a male, she can wait outside until he leaves.
“Opening up restrooms and locker room facilities to members of the opposite sex is sexual harassment, and like many forms of sexual harassment the girls in this school have little power over their situation,” states Andrea Shaw, attorney representing this female student.
The female student at Honesdale High School encountered a biological male in her girls’ locker room while she was partially undressed before gym class. The biological male was wearing revealing female underwear.
“When I knew a man was looking at me [in the girls’ locker room] I felt very violated and very scared, especially looking at me while I’m getting dressed,” commented the student that filed the complaint.
The student’s mother said, “my daughter does not consent to being seen by or to see someone of the opposite sex in her locker room.”
The school district permits this biological male to enter female privacy facilities based on his beliefs about his gender, but the school’s actions constitute a willful violation of the rights of other students.
“The privacy rights of these girls don’t change based on what a male believes about their gender,” states Shaw. “Their privacy rights belong to them. And it is the school’s duty to protect those girls’ privacy rights.”
A complaint has been filed due to the actions of school officials at Honesdale High School for violations of bodily privacy and sexual harassment.