In November, Michael Critchfield, a student at Liberty High School in West Virginia who identifies as a transgender male, was allegedly bullied by Lee Livengood, an assistant principal for the school.
According to a complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Livengood told the 15-year-old that he "freaked [him] out" and challenged him to prove his gender by forcing him to use a urinal right in front him.
"When he came out of the stall, the principal was standing in front of the exit, essentially blocking him in so he could not leave," Joseph Cohen, executive director of ACLU in West Virginia told Wave 3 News.
One January 8, after facing four-day suspension, Livengood was granted permission by The Harrison County Board of Education to return to work by February 1 if he underwent a sensitivity training program, as well as other undisclosed requirements. This move, however, goes against school superintendent Mark Manchin's suggestion for indefinite suspension.
Also returned to Liberty was Critchfield, who claims to have suffered from anxiety and at least one panic attack since the incident.
"At the end of the day, all I want is to feel welcome and safe in my school," he said in his complaint to ACLU. "Mr Livengood’s behavior in the bathroom that day was terrifying and no student deserves that kind of treatment. I’m telling my story so that high school doesn’t have to be a scary place for kids like me."
What do you think? Is it unfair for Livengood to keep his job after bullying a transgender student, or do you think Critchfield should just suck it up and "be a man"? Let us know in the comments below!