October 10, 2022

Harassment Victims Are Banned From Locker Room

  • Flyover Country, Horse Race

By Ophelia Garrett

In Brief: 

A high-school has banned its girls volleyball team from their own locker room after a transgender student complained about harassment. But that’s not the story all the other players are telling.

The Background: 

A Vermont high-school has banned its own girls volleyball team from their locker room after they complained about inappropriate remarks made by a transgender student on their team. The complaint is not about the transgender student being on the team, but comments made while the individual was changing in the locker room. 

The alleged event took place while all the team members were changing together in the locker room. 

However the team members’ complaint of harassment was seen as harassment itself, and instead of the school protecting the girls, they chose to protect the student who made the inappropriate comments. 

Along with threats of discipline geared at the students for speaking up about their discomfort, school administrators claimed that girls who do not want to share their protected space with the opposite sex should go out of their way to “change in privacy.”

Their solution? Telling the girls they could all take turns changing in a single stall bathroom, one of the students told Fox News.  "They want all the girls who feel uncomfortable -- so pretty much ten 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."

Notable Quotes: 

“My mom wants me to do this interview to try to make a change, 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.” – Blake Allen, one of the students

What do you think?