West Virginia school administrator accused of harassing transgender student gets job back

West Virginia school administrator accused of harassing transgender student gets job back

An assistant principal at a high school in West Virginia won an appeal this week to get his job back after the county education board initially decided not to renew his contract following an incident where he told a transgender student “you freak me out” and followed them into the bathroom.

The Harrison County Board of Education unanimously voted Monday to reinstate Lee Livengood as assistant principal at Liberty High School after initially voting last month not to renew his contract, according to The Associated Press.


Livengood was suspended with pay late last year for allegedly following 15-year-old student Michael Critchfield into the boy’s bathroom, telling him repeatedly “you freak me out” and “you shouldn’t be in here” and making him prove his gender by watching him pee in a urinal.

“I felt really degraded and discriminated against,” Critchfield said at the time, adding that he was traumatized by the experience.

Livengood will now see his contract renewed after the school board voted to reverse its earlier decision during a special meeting Monday.

Harrison County Schools Superintendent Mark Manchin, who is the cousin of Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinTrump's trial a major test for McConnell, Schumer Poll: West Virginia voters would view Manchin negatively if he votes to convict Trump Pelosi set to send impeachment articles to the Senate next week MORE (D-W.Va.), said the decision to reinstate Livengood was a difficult one and came after "a lot of discussion,” according to the AP.

The American Civil Liberties Union chapter of West Virginia, which had been previously pushing for the school board not to renew the contract, put out a statement saying Livengood “has shown a troubling lack of remorse for his actions.”

“We will be actively monitoring the situation to ensure Michael and the students of Harrison County are protected moving forward,” the statement read.