Trans Bathroom Panic: HS Girl Expelled for Kicking a Boy in the Groin After He and Others Crash Girls Room in Transgender Protest

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A group of high school boys in the town of North Pole, Ala., (yes, you read that correctly), apparently took offense to a transgender student’s use of their bathroom and decided to protest by crashing the girl’s room.


That boneheaded oh-so-thoughtful decision got one of the boys kicked in the groin by a girl who was using the facilities at the time.

Now, the girl has been expelled for using “violence” to resolve conflict. Her family, as well as a state lawmaker, is calling foul, saying girls should be allowed to defend themselves as they see fit when they feel threatened.

And the school district has been pulled into a resultant conversation about its policy when it comes to its treatment of trans students and gender equity in general.

Schools Superintendent Karen Gaborik is defending the schools’ handling of the incident, saying violence simply can’t be tolerated even if students believe they were defending themselves.

“We don’t advocate violence as a means for students to attain safety,” Gaborik told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. “If a student does use force, we have to evaluate that incident.”


She says about a dozen transgender students have attended North Pole High over the last few years, and have generally been accepted by their peers. According to the Washington Post, she explained that when it comes to using of the bathroom, transgender students:

can choose to use a gender-neutral, single-stall bathroom that corresponds with the student’s gender identity, or the one that corresponds with the student’s gender at birth


But critics are taking aim at the district’s call in this case.

As the Washington Post reports:

Mikki Kendall, a Chicago-based feminist writer, questioned on Twitter in one widely shared tweet, why after all of the “bathroom panic bills about trans kids, when a group of cis boys actually harass girls in a bathroom the girls are punished for defending themselves?”


And Alaska state Rep. Tammie Wilson, representing the North Pole, weighed in as well when, during an unrelated news conference Friday, she said the girl shouldn’t have been punished and that the district was sending the wrong message to girls.

“If you ever feel threatened for your safety, whatever force you think you have to give, I will stand behind you,” Wilson said, the News-Miner reports.


SessoMatto (Yes, I'm really fun at parties.)

Back when I was in High School (when dinosaurs roamed the earth) I joined an after school computer club so I could learn BASIC on a super cool Apple ][

I was the only chick. One time, as I was leaving, one of the boys trapped me up against the hall wall, with an arm on each side of my shoulders. I forget what he said, but I remember his sneer.

I also remember him crumpling to the ground after I kneed him in the beans.

The teacher came out and saw at least some of this go down. I looked up and made eye contact with him and he just nodded.