A group of boys at North Pole High School in Alaska allegedly tried to enter the girls' bathroom earlier this month out of protest after a transgender male used the boys' room. Eight students were disciplined in connection with the incident, including a girl who was reportedly expelled for kicking one of the young men in the crotch during the dust-up.
What are the details?
According to the school's investigation, a transgender student who was transitioning from female to male took a selfie from the boys' bathroom and uploaded it to Snapchat, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Superintendent Karen Gaborik said a group of boys "were upset about the public nature of the post and how that played out."
A social media post purportedly from one of the boys rallied, "tomorrow identify as a women [sic] and use the women's bathroom if you want this s**t to end, my foster dad called the school and they said they [can't] do anything because she identify as men [sic]."
In response, seven boys decided to "identify as female" and enter the girls' bathroom to take a selfie of their own. But when they entered, a female student in the restroom reacted by giving one of the protestors a knee to the groin. The boy on the receiving end of the kick was encouraged to seek medical treatment, but the extent of his injuries — if any — is unclear.
The girl's family told the Washington Post she has been expelled from school for using "excessive force," while her sister claimed on Twitter that the boy "was blocking her in the womens [sic] bathroom."
Meanwhile, Gaborik confirmed that all the boys who took part were also disciplined for "attempting to enter the girls' bathroom."
The transgender student was not present during the incident.
How are people responding?
Alaska state Rep. Tammie Wilson (R) spoke out in defense of the girl, saying the student was merely defending herself. "Was she supposed to not protect herself?" the lawmaker asked the Daily News-Miner. "She was where she belonged. They were not."
The Post noted that feminist writer Mikki Kendall also questioned why the girl was disciplined, saying "after all the bulls**t bathroom panic bills about trans kids, when a group of cis boys actually harass girls in a bathroom the girls are punished for defending themselves?"