A teacher's aide allegedly told a transgender high school student "you're not a girl" after the student used a women's bathroom.
Ishy Valdez, 16 — a junior at Castleberry High School in Fort Worth, Texas — was born male and has been transitioning to female over the last two years, KDFW-TV reported.
Valdez was at Tarrant County College for a class last Wednesday when the aide — who works for Castleberry Independent School District and acts as a chaperone for the off-campus trips — got upset after Valdez exited a TCC women's bathroom, the student told KDFW.
“She said, ‘Ismael, don't start because I already have an issue with you using the women's restroom,’” Valdez told the station. “'The point is this is the women's restroom, and you're not a girl.’ It became very personal.”
Valdez added to KDFW that restroom usage isn't typically a problem: “In the women's bathroom, I do feel more comfortable. I never get a second look.”
Valdez told the station another student recorded the end of the pair's conversation and that the aide said she'd be speaking to the high school principal about the incident — but Valdez already reported it to an assistant principal.
“She cannot just go around and judge them because she doesn't agree with it,” Valdez's mother Blanca Rodriguez told KDFW. “I feel like if she goes into the men's restroom there’s more of a possibility of somebody hurting her.”
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Rodriquez and Valdez told KDFW the aide was out of line and had no say in Valdez's restroom use since the incident happened off school grounds.
Rodriguez added to the station that she and Valdez met with a Castleberry HR representative Friday, and Valdez noted that the aide is still working at the school.
“I won’t let someone's views on me change the ways I live my life,” Valdez told KDFW.