Female students at the Randolph Union High School have reportedly been banned from using the girls’ locker room after objecting to a transgender student changing there.
Girls on the Randolph Union High School volleyball team have been banned by school officials from using their own locker room pending an investigation after some members objected to a biological male changing with them, WCAX-TV reported.
“It’s a huge thing. Everyone’s asking, ‘So, why aren’t you allowed in the locker room?’” said Blake Allen, who along with her fellow teammates are currently barred from using the locker room after some of the girls on the team objected to allowing a transgender player in the girl’s locker room.
“My mom wants me to do this interview to try to make a change,” Allen said. “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.”
Allen says that the dispute started when the trans student made an inappropriate comment while members of the volleyball team were getting changed.
Whatever was said has not come out, the outlet reported.
Vermont education policy says students can play sports and use the locker room corresponding to their gender. But some members of the Randolph girl’s volleyball team objected to having a transgender teammate in the room while they were changing.
Due to Vermont’s state law, the transgendered player seems to have more rights than biological females.
“There are biological boys that go into the girl’s bathroom but never a locker room,” she said. “They want all the girls who feel uncomfortable — so pretty much 10 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.”
School officials sent out another email telling parents they are investigating allegations that the volleyball girls harassed the transgender student.
Lisa Randolph, Randolph High School co-president, said that when policies are violated, disciplinary action that aligns with the school’s rules will be applied, adding that students’ safety is the “district’s top priority.”