A transgender teen from Minnesota shared a video on Facebook showing Osseo Senior High School staff forcing a bathroom stall door open as she was seated on a toilet and partially nude.
The video shows a school staff member unhinging the lock of the bathroom stall using a long ruler.
“I’m using the bathroom right now and they just violated me,” the student says from the stall.
Several staff members can be seen standing in the girl’s bathroom, including two unidentified men.
In a second video, the teen confronts several staff members in the stairwell, calling several of them out by name.
“This is the dude that violated me,” she said, pointing at a man in front of her.
“They walked in the bathroom while I was using the bathroom – for no reason,” the teen says in the video.
CBS News reports:
In the Facebook caption, the teen said she was violated by the principal, administrators and hall monitors. She wrote that she cannot use the girl’s bathroom because she is transgender and she wanted people to share the post to make it go viral. The videos have nearly 800,000 views combined.
Principal Michael Lehan claims there is more to the story than the teen’s video shows.
“I am aware of social media posts that significantly misrepresent an incident that occurred at school on Nov. 28. It’s important for you to know that no students were barred or banned from using any bathroom at Osseo Senior High,” Lehan said in a statement. “I sincerely wish I could say more, but for data privacy reasons, I cannot provide details about a situation involving a specific student.”
Lehan claims that staff only intervenes in the restrooms in limited situations, including when there’s a concern about safety, health-related issues, or suspected illegal activity.
“Social media posts are significantly misrepresenting the incident and that staff works very hard every day to help ensure an inclusive school where all students feel welcome, respected and safe,” read a statement released by a spokesperson for Osseo Schools. The spokesperson also said further details could not be shared due to “the student’s right to data privacy.”