Student Claims Civil Rights Violation by Transgender Student in Locker Room

HONESDALE, Pa. -- A female student at a high school in Wayne County claims her privacy was violated and she was subjected to sexual harassment all because a transgender student used the same locker room.

Attorneys for that high school student in Wayne County filed a formal complaint with federal authorities on Thursday claiming her civil rights were violated.

According to the complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Education's Civil Rights Division, this all stems from an incident at the beginning of this school year at Honesdale High School.

Lawyers for the Honesdale High School student posted a video online along with their complaint alleging the school's policy on transgender use of locker rooms violated the girl's civil rights.

"Opening up restrooms and locker rooms to members of the opposite sex is sexual harassment. Like most forms, the girls have little power over their situation," said attorney Andrea Shaw.

The female student and her parents aren't identified in the video and their names are blacked out in the complaint.

According to that complaint, the girl was in the locker room back in September and saw the transgender student while both were undressing.

"I glanced down and could tell that he was wearing women's underwear and what was underneath it."

The Wayne Highlands superintendent says he's not able to comment on this incident or complaint but does say the district's policy is in keeping with a recent court decision allowing trans students to use the facilities of their choosing. Now, the Supreme Court is expected to take up that case. If it doesn't, it will remain the law of the land.

"There should be a policy because all students have rights. We have to be sensitive and make sure those rights aren't violated," said Joyce Kocsis of Beach Lake.

While there's been plenty of reaction to the complaint on social media, few people we approached would speak on camera about the situation but told us off camera that they support the girl and her family.

But there are some who are in favor of the current policy.

"I don't think there's anything wrong with someone who identifies as a woman changing in the women's locker room because that's how they feel, that shouldn't be judged, I don't think they're trying to be sexual or harass anyone by doing that. I think that's their right," said Elizabeth Ritter of Beach Lake.

Attorneys for the female student in the complaint hope the feds investigate the Wayne Highlands School District.

However, the Supreme Court could end up deciding a similar case which equal rights advocates say would settle the matter once and for all.

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15 comments

  • Nunya Binness (@nunyabinnes)

    For those of you who support people using whichever restroom strikes their fancy, remember what you are supporting. You are saying that a 50 year old man who works at the school is now free to use the same locker room and shower facilities as the 16 year old girls who are students there, simply by claiming the right to do so.

  • Vince (@screwcap)

    There is no perfect solution, especially in a world where “offense” is always taken seriously. Had the “woman” in question been required to use the locker room of her biological sex, “she” would have been offended by the presence of males who prefer their biological sex. So, “she” moved into the females’ locker room so she could offend females who were born female and present as female! It’s a mad, discombobulated, world where posturing is a self sustaining virtue, and the imposition of an other worldly value upon the commonplace is viewed as a protection of rights!

  • Kenneth George Edward Hietala

    I Think class on sexual harassment apparently no one seems to understand what it is changing is no sexual harassment unless rubbing up against person asking them to touch them which I doubt happens my advice stop judging

    • bobblaylock

        Compelling a young woman to undress in front of a man is certainly a violation of that young woman’s privacy, modesty, and safety.  That the young man, in question, claims to be “transgender” does not change this in the least.

  • savescrantonhistory

    This is what you get when society begins to let people believe whatever fantasy they want to and people accept it as reality. Until that ‘female’ student has their outtie turned into an innie by surgery they’re still biologically male and should be in the male locker room.

  • Sonya Harper

    Ask yourself why the person bringing the case is scoping out the genitals of others in the locker room. She clearly seems to be the one with a problem. She should be kept out of locker rooms until she’s had counseling for voyeurism.

    • Laura Siple

      Definition of voyeurism:
      the desires or behavior of a voyeur: such as
      a : the practice of obtaining sexual gratification from observing others
      b : the practice of taking pleasure in observing something private, sordid, or scandalous

      That poor girl did neither of those things. If she “enjoyed” the experience of seeing that boy in girls panties, why the lawsuit???!

    • bobblaylock

        Nothing horrible about being “transphobic”.  All that it means to be “transphobic” is that one is not so mentally- and morally-defective as to be confused about the difference between male and female.  There is certainly nothing at all wrong with understanding basic biology; and something very, very wrong, with those who do not understand or who deny the biological difference between men and women.

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