W.Va. school official facing suspension after allegedly telling trans teen: ‘You freak me out’

A high school assistant principal in West Virginia is facing the possibility of indefinite suspension after allegedly telling a transgender student, “You freak me out.”

Liberty High School Assistant Principal Lee Livengood was suspended with pay last month over the incident, a punishment that lasted until the school went on holiday break, according to NBC News.

{mosads}The student, 15-year-old Michael Critchfield, said that Livengood confronted him in the boy’s bathroom and harassed him by repeatedly yelling, “Why are you in here? You shouldn’t be in here.”

Critchfield said he replied by saying it was his legal right to use the bathroom.

The student, who said he was “traumatized” by the incident, said that Livengood used the wrong gender pronouns to refer to him and challenged him to use a urinal.

“I felt really degraded and discriminated against,” he told NBC News. “Kids like me should never have to go through anything like this. … At the end of the day all I wanted was to feel welcome.”

The West Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has weighed in with a complaint to the county superintendent, saying that the district “needs to make significant changes to its culture.”

The district’s superintendent has recommended that Livengood be suspended indefinitely without pay. The Harrison County Board of Education will meet this week to consider the recommendation and has also moved to implement countywide sensitivity training, according to NBC News.

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