A transgender teen has posted videos of school administrators forcing open the door of a bathroom stall while she sits inside - but the principal insists that the video 'misrepresents' the situation.
The student shot the videos on Wednesday at Osseo Senior High in Minnesota, accusing school officials of 'violating' her while she uses the bathroom.
The video shows the student sitting on a toilet in a locked bathroom stall while administrators repeatedly demand that she exit the stall.
A female teacher then uses what appears to be a yardstick to reach over the stall door and unlock the sliding bolt on the inside. Male administrators and police are also present.
'I'm using the bathroom right now and they just violated me,' the student says.
In a second video, in which officials appear to be telling the student to leave school grounds, the student points at administrators and names them, saying at one point: 'This is the dude that violated me.'
The videos received over 800,000 views on Facebook, where the student posted them with the comment: 'I Guess I Can't Use The Girls Bathroom Just Because I'm Transgender'
However, Osseo's principal strongly denied that any student had been barred from using any bathroom.
'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,' Principal Michael Lehan said in a statement.
Lehan said that school staff only intervene in the restroom over safety concerns, health issues, and suspected illegal activity.
'I sincerely wish I could say more, but for data privacy reasons, I cannot provide details about a situation involving a specific student.'
Activists quickly seized on the videos to call for better treatment of transgender students.
OutFront Minnesota, the largest LGBTQ advocacy organization in the state, issued a statement regarding the incident.
'It is imperative for students to be respected and affirmed in schools to thrive. When students feel bullied or invalidated for being who they are, their ability to learn and thrive in school is greatly diminished,' said Monica Meyer, OutFront Minnesota's executive director.
'It is the job of school districts, faculty and educators to provide spaces where Minnesota youth feel safe and welcome and are encouraged to live their full identities,'
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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