After a video of a transgender male student assaulting a girl student was released, a California high school student took to Twitter to criticize her district for allowing boys into the girls’ restrooms and locker rooms.
Megan Simpkins (18), a Martin Luther King High student in Riverside, California, spoke to the school board on Thursday about a fight that broke out between a female student and a transgender student “who was born as a man” during lunch.
In the video that went viral on Facebook, the transgender girl towered over the other student during the fight. According to reports, the two students have previously fought.
The student, who was not named, is also accused of exposing “his genitals”, in the girls’ changing rooms.
MLK student Aiden Vermeir told KTTV the trans student was allowed to use the women’s locker rooms and bathrooms on campus.
“He spits on my friends that are girls. He shows his genitals in the locker room,” Vermeir stated.
Simpkins, during a meeting of the school board last week, accused board members of failing to protect girls and putting their safety at risk by allowing males into female spaces.
Simpkins said, “There was a recent incident in our district involving a transgender man who is really a woman having an altercation at MLK high school with a female student.”
She added, “I was angry when I saw the video on Facebook. But more damaging is that he has used the women’s bathroom and locker room.”
Simpkins asked why people “confirmed the mental confusion of the boy” and put women’s safety in danger by allowing men with mental problems to enter women’s areas.
“Of course, any man who claims to be a woman is going to accept it. But what about women?” What about girls who are actual females, like me? Why don’t you ever ask us if we are comfortable?” she asked.
“The truth is that we’re not, most of us aren’t and yet, nothing has been done for the safety of these women. Let me conclude by saying that it all begins with you. “You are responsible for the safety of women like us,” Simpkins said.
The student urged the board “to do something about it.”
The Riverside Unified District issued a statement regarding the altercation that occurred between the two students, and safety concerns.
Since the incident, district staff have been working to ensure that safety and rights are considered and responded to promptly. The district confirmed that it was able to confirm the student will no longer attend King High School.