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Published On: Sun, Jun 3rd, 2018

Philadelphia high school student, Alexis Lightcap told to ‘tolerate’ boy in girls’ bathroom

A Philadelphia high school student has joined a lawsuit against her school district after being told by school officials to “tolerate” having to use the girls’ bathroom … with boys.

In Philadelphia Inquirer op-ed, Alexis Lightcap details her ordeal, noting “It’s amazing to think that one quick trip to the bathroom can change your life.”

“I was a junior in high school when I ducked into the girls’ room at school one day to find … a boy. I froze. Three years at this particular school, and that had never happened to me before. The girls’ bathroom had always been the girls’ getaway place — a place for privacy, mostly, but also a little refuge — a place to get away from boys, maybe talk about boys, but not meet boys.”

Lightcap joined the Doe v. Boyertown Area School District lawsuit which concerns a situation similar to her own — a “male student who involuntarily encountered an undressed female student while changing in the boys’ locker room.”

She notes the plaintiff in that case did just what she did, informed a school official, but, like Lightcap, was told to “tolerate it” and to “make it as natural as possible.”

photo courtesy of LC.org

A federal judge sided with the district last month, but Lightcap and her co-plaintiffs are considering their options: “As one of my attorneys said after that decision, ‘The Supreme Court has already spoken: The real differences between men and women mean that privacy must be protected where it really counts, and that certainly includes high school locker rooms and restrooms.’”

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at th[email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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