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Transgender Student Says Administrator Asked Inappropriate Questions About Her Body

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    Transgender Student Says Admin Asked Inappropriate Questions

    A transgender high school student said a Dallas Independent School District administrator asked her inappropriate questions about her body after another student complained about her using the women's restroom. (Published Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016)

    A transgender high school student said a Dallas Independent School District administrator asked her inappropriate questions about her body after another student complained about her using the women's restroom.

    Jamie Lynn was born male, but now identifies as female. She's been using the women's restroom at North Dallas High School all school year without incident – until Monday, when a student complained about the 16-year-old being in the restroom.

    "There's never been a problem. There's been girls in there and I just talk to them because I like to be friendly. They've never made a complaint," Lynn said.

    According to a Dallas ISD spokeswoman, Lynn met with an assistant principal and two school resource officers to discuss the incident. She said that's when the assistant principal started asking inappropriate questions.

    "He asked, 'Do you have your boy genitals and is the top real?' meaning my breasts," she said. "That's something that made me feel really bad because I feel like an assistant principal shouldn't ask anyone that."

    That night Lynn went home and told her mother.

    "The situation was very embarrassing and I was worried (about) the way she was treated," said mother Miriam Citalan.

    The school is investigating the incident, but Lynn still wants to know why she isn't allowed to use the restroom she's always used.

    Administrators know that Lynn is transgender, and have made special accommodations for her to use a restroom in the nurse's office. The district said Lynn is aware of the accommodations, but she denied that, saying she just learned about it on Monday, after the incident with the assistant principal.

    Without a bathroom policy to rely on, the school said she must use that restroom from now on.

    "I feel isolated – like something they want to hide," she said.

    "I don't like it. It's like they push you to the side from everybody else when we're all normal," Citalan said.

    Lynn has started a petition requesting that the school allow her to once again use the women's restroom. She said the policy is important for her and transgender students in the future.

    "I feel like everyone is open-minded about this idea," she said. "I have to keep going for those kids that don't have a voice."

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