Parents and community members are outraged after a transgender student was humiliated during an active shooter drill at a Virginia middle school.
According to reports, school faculty were divided on which bathroom the student should take shelter in, eventually deciding they should leave her alone in the gym.
Here's a Facebook post from Equality Stafford, an LGBTQ+ advocate group in Virginia, that outlines the incident in further detail:
Appallingly, the transgender student had to watch as faculty members debated over her fate.
From an outside perspective, the solution seems obvious enough: allow the student to take shelter in the bathroom of their chosen gender identity.
Clearly, that didn't happen -- and people are angry about the student's treatment.
@LAinSouthernNJ @thehill Ty I whole heartedly agree. They used this drill to humiliate the student. Heartless display— rfb (@rfb)1539045421.0
@All4ACT2 @thehill They need to be replaced with people who can think, who have empathy, who are looking out for all of their students.— No Border Wall 🌊 (@No Border Wall 🌊)1539045803.0
@AndrewKaplan35 @otrafem @rjmiller23 @thehill Yep. I don’t even understand the gender separation except maybe to ke… https://t.co/heKMEESSUh— 👩🏻🔬🆑 (@👩🏻🔬🆑)1539101943.0
@Neouist Drill. I’d like to give the teachers the benefit of the doubt and that maybe they were just overthinking t… https://t.co/mOHnlrnTUt— like a pitbill in a basement (@like a pitbill in a basement)1539047266.0
@kathijohnson71 @thehill We all deserve so much better. You’re right.— Jennifer Carole (@Jennifer Carole)1539046055.0
Supporters of Equality Stafford reacted with similar outrage:
Here's the bottom line: if you're practicing for a mass shooting event, a child's gender identity should be the last thing up for debate and scrutiny. The safety of the children should be the only priority.
While this could amount to a simple misunderstanding, we hope staff at the middle school receives sensitivity training as a result of this unfortunate incident.