By Guy Page
As details emerge about the biological male watching girls changing in a Randolph Union High School locker room, and the girls were disciplined after they objected, the school district’s website was taken down by school officials after they say it was hacked.
Last Friday, WCAX (first) and Vermont Daily Chronicle reported that members of the girls’ volleyball team were being disciplined after they objected to a biological male identifying as a girl watched them change, and made an inappropriate comment.
The news story has seen a strong response: 44 online comments on Vermont Daily Chronicle, and a letter by an OSSD father warning Superintendent Layne Millington that he and the school are accomplices in the crime of voyeurism, and the hacking of the supervisory union website.
School officials have taken down the high school and supervisory union website. As reported by VTDigger, school officials say it was hacked by critics of their decision. The hack reportedly featured ‘hate speech’ about transgenderism. Digger made a general reference to the locker room incident, but offered few details. It explained its decision to not publish links to stories published by Fox News, the New York Times, the Daily Signal and other outlets: “VTDigger is not linking to those stories because they include transphobic rhetoric and do not appear to present a full picture of what occurred.”
The media reports don’t offer the school officials’ point of view, but not for lack of asking. School officials have declined to offer even broad, general details, citing the legal requirement for confidentiality.
The Daily Signal interviewed RUHS volleyball team members and at least one parent. Without providing the names of any of the students, Daily Signal reported:
The biological male was not changing, only watching the girls. The mother of one of the girls states: “The biological child was not changing and sat in the back and watched girls getting changed. That made girls feel uncomfortable, made girls feel violated and not protected.”
The school declined to act on parents’ complaints. “When parents and kids went to the school principals they were told it was a law—nothing they could do about it,” she added. “The law gives them room to protect all and they did not.”
The biological male was asked to stay out but refused. “Female student A, who is 14 years old, told The Daily Signal in a phone interview that she was dressing for a game when the trans-identifying student began to enter the locker room. She shared that she was not wearing a shirt, only a bra, and was halfway through putting on her shorts. ‘Please don’t come in here, we’re still changing,’ she says she called out, as she struggled to clothe herself.”
“But the trans-identifying student allegedly told her that it was fine, entered the locker room, and stood in the corner ‘watching’ as the other girls finished dressing. Female student A said that the interaction made her incredibly uncomfortable.”
Another girl asked the boy to leave – also without success. “Female student B told The Daily Signal in a phone interview that she also unsuccessfully told the student that identifies as transgender that the girls needed their privacy.”
The biological male threatened to kill someone after seeing news coverage of the event. “But female student B said that on Thursday, during a math class, some of her friends showed the news hit to the trans-identifying student. According to female student B, the student allegedly reacted to the video by allegedly saying, “I’m going to f—ing kill someone,” before allegedly adding, “I f—ing hate” female student B.
“Female student B said she headed to the principal’s office as soon as she heard what the trans-identifying student had allegedly said. Co-principal Lisa Floyd reportedly told her that the school would conduct a threat assessment, she said, police arrived, and she was ultimately sent back to class.”
Despite the death threat, the biological male was allowed to play in a volleyball game with the other players. “On Friday afternoon, the girls said, both female student A and B played in their volleyball game with the trans-identifying student.”
According to the Daily Signal, the mother of the biological male student identifying as a girl denies any inappropriate comment was made by her child in the locker room. She said she has asked the ACLU to support her complaint of slander and defamation of character.