A female student was expelled from an Alaska high school after an incident where a group of boys entered the girl’s bathroom and allegedly blocked the door—so she kneed one of them where it hurts.
According to Karen Gaborik, superintendent of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, in an interview with the Fairbanks Daily News Miner, seven boys at North Pole High School in North Pole, AK decided to enter the girl’s bathroom as a protest against another student who is transitioning from female to male and has been using the boy’s bathroom. The protest was triggered by a Snapchat post made by the transitioning student in the bathroom.
“They were upset about the public nature of the post and how that played out,” Gaborik said.
After the group of boys entered the bathroom, a female student kneed one of them in the groin. The girl’s family told state Rep. Tammie Wilson that she did so because the boys were blocking the door and she felt threatened. However, the school district’s investigation could not confirm that.
The boy who was kneed was referred for medical treatment, but it wasn’t confirmed whether or not he actually sought treatment. “It wasn’t like a 911 call. It was a health aide saying, ‘Hey, you should really go see a doctor,’” said Gaborik.
All eight of the students were disciplined afterwards, including the girl who was initially suspended. “Disciplinary actions are based on the facts as determined by the investigation, including any aggravating or mitigating circumstances,” the school district said in a statement.
While the school believes the discipline was fair, Wilson has come to the girl’s defense.
“I said, ‘Good for her,'” she said in an interview with the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. “I would have taught my daughter to do the same. Was she supposed to not protect herself? She was where she belonged. They were not.”