A transgender middle-schooler in Virginia was separated from her fellow students during a mass shooter drill when school administrators could not decide whether she should be placed with the boys or girls.
> A “lockdown” drill at Stafford County Middle School, designed to teach the students how to respond in case of an attack, required students to seek shelter in the nearest bathroom or locker room.
> However, the transgender student, whose identity has been withheld, was instead forced to sit in the gym while the other students sought shelter, while teachers “discussed where she should go,” Equality Stafford said in a Facebook post.
After taking precious time during a drill to mimic an active shooter situation debating what should be done with the student, she was ultimately told by teachers to sit in the locker room hallway, away from the other students.
> “The student was forced to watch the adults charged with her care, debate the safest place (for the other students) to have her shelter,” Equality Stafford wrote. “During this debate, she was instructed to sit in the gym with a teacher until the drill was complete, away from her peers and identified as different. After some additional debate, she was made to sit in the locker room hall way [sic], by the door away from her peers.”
> Equality Stafford slammed the school’s response, noting that they essentially treated the student as a danger to the other students.
> “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,” they wrote.
Stafford County Middle School’s spokesperson Sherrie Johnson issued the following statement following outcry over the incident:
> “The new superintendent has requested a review of all protocols and procedures to ensure that all children are treated with dignity and respect,” said Johnson. “We take such matters very seriously and they will be addressed. The welfare of all students is of the utmost importance for SCPS.”