A student at a suburban Minneapolis high school says staff at the school prevented her from using the girls’ bathroom because she is transgender.
The student shared a video of the incident to Facebook last week, claiming she’d been violated by the principal, administration and hall monitors at Osseo Senior High School is Osseo, Minn.
“I guess I can’t use the girls bathroom just because I’m transgender,” the caption on the post reads. “Share this & MAKE IT GO VIRAL!!”
The video, which has been viewed almost 900,000 times, shows the student sitting in a restroom stall as someone who appears to be a school staff member unhinges the door’s lock with a long ruler, and demands the student leave.
“I’m using the bathroom right now and they just violated me,” the student says. “Y’all are perverts. There’s no concern of no safety just because I’m using the bathroom.”
The student later wrote on Facebook that same day, “My heart hurts so bad.”
Michael Lehan, Osseo’s principal, issued a statement shortly after the incident occurred denying that any student had been banned or barred from using a restroom at the school.
“I sincerely wish I could say more, but for data privacy reasons, I cannot provide details about a situation involving a specific student,” Lehan said in the statement, which was sent to local families.
“What I hope you already know is that we work every day to create an inclusive school where students feel welcome and respected.”
He added that the only time staff members intervene in the school’s restrooms are situations in which there are safety concerns, illness or health-related issues or suspected illegal activity.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the school district told the Star Tribune that the video misrepresented what actually happened, and that it was “not true” that the student was stopped from using the bathroom.
Osseo Senior High has an enrollment of about 2,000 students, and sits about 15 miles northwest of Minneapolis.
The Maple Grove Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on a possible investigation.
A 2017 release by the Minnesota Department of Education on how to ensure “safe and supportive” schools for transgender and gender nonconforming students declared all students should be allowed to use the restroom of their choice – and that any other student uncomfortable with that decision would have access to a private, single-user restroom.