A transgender girl in Minnesota has posted a horrifying video that appears to show Osseo Senior High School staff breaking into a bathroom stall while she was using the toilet.
Transgender teen Cece, who attends Osseo Senior High School in Maple Grove, Minnesota, posted two clips to Facebook of an incident in a women’s bathroom.
In the clip, the student is on the toilet with their trousers down while several adults, reportedly members of staff at the school, attempt to break into the locked stall.
“There’s no concern to safety just because I’m using the bathroom.”
One person can be seen peering over the top of the stall, before a stick is used to unlatch the lock on the stall door, which swings wide open in full view of several male and female staff members.
The student narrates: “I’m using the bathroom right now and they just violated me. They’re some perverts.
“There’s no concern to safety just because I’m using the bathroom.
“I’m so scared and violated right now. They just walked into the bathroom while I was using the bathroom for no reason.”
Osseo Senior High School claims clip ‘misrepresents’ the incident
The context of the clip could not be confirmed.
In a statement to CBS Minnesota, a spokesperson for the school claimed the video is “significantly misrepresenting the incident” but declined to give any alternate account of events.
The school said: “[The] staff works very hard every day to help ensure an inclusive school where all students feel welcome, respected and safe.
“We wish we could provide additional details about this incident but are committed to protecting the student’s right to data privacy.”
The school added: “When issues arise involving students, staff take appropriate actions to review the situation.”
Yahoo reports that the teen had been ordered not to use the women’s bathroom prior to the incident.
Osseo Senior High School slammed online
The video has attracted thousands of shares on Facebook and Twitter.
Many users condemned the school’s actions.
One said: “Doesn’t matter if she is trans or NOT!!! They violated her human rights. Standing in the bathroom waiting for her to come out is one thing. But the fact that they took the time using multiple items to get the door open is really sick.”
Another added: “No adult should be opening a bathroom stall door while the CHILD is using the bathroom and exposed!”
The Facebook post also attracted transphobic comments, with the top-rated comment claiming: “Take your ass to the mens bathroom you can’t force you’re alternative reality on other people facts is facts everyone of his cells has a Y chromosome witch makes him a male and males use the men restroom it’s common sense/”
The incident comes despite guidance issued by the Minnesota Department of Education in 2017, which states: “Transgender and gender nonconforming students should be afforded the opportunity to use the restroom of
“Any student who wishes not to share a restroom with a transgender or gender nonconforming student can be provided a private space such as a single-user restroom.”
In October, a court ruled that a North Carolina anti-transgender law cannot be used to deny transgender people entry to public restrooms.