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Banned from their own locker room

By Madeline Leesman, Townhall

Wisconsin Spotlight | Oct. 4, 2022

Members of a women’s high school volleyball team in Vermont have been banned from utilizing their own locker room following a dispute over a transgender athlete using the facility.

Blake Allen, one of the players who was banned from the locker room, told WCAX that she, along with other players, objected to allowing a biological male transgender athlete to use the women’s locker room. Reportedly, Vermont education policies allow students to play sports and use restrooms and changing facilities that correspond with their “gender identity.”

Allen told WCAX that the issue originated when the transgender student-athlete made an inappropriate remark while female members of the volleyball team were changing. The comment triggered an incident between the students. Allen did not share what exactly was said between the students.

She added that team members and their families raised concerns about the situation to the school. The school reportedly told parents that under state law, the transgender athlete can use the women’s facilities.

In an email to parents, school officials reportedly said that the girls who felt uncomfortable changing in the locker room with the transgender athlete can use a single-stall bathroom to change in privacy.

“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,” Allen said.

In addition, school officials reportedly wrote in the email that they are launching an investigation into the girls who “harassed” the transgender athlete. It was not reported if the school was launching an investigation over the transgender student’s inappropriate comment as women were changing in the locker room.

“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 told the outlet.

Read more at Townhall.

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