Trans Student Excluded During Shelter Drill

A middle school in Stafford County, Virginia, had a lockdown drills that students do to prepare for an active shooter. The students all went to their respective boys’ and girls’ locker rooms, but staff couldn’t decide where a transgender girl should go so she was kept out of both — left in a hallway with a teacher.

Stafford Equality, the local LGBTQ group, wrote on Facebook, “During an event that prepares children to survive an attack by actual assailants, she was treated as if she was so much of a danger to peers that she was left exposed and vulnerable.” The group went to an October 9 school board meeting to support the girl, whom they describe as “a model student” — not that it should matter. A school spokesperson said they’re reviewing how this was handled.