North Pole High ‘bathroom incident’ raises concerns over bullying, policy

A full house of parents and interested citizens testified to the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Board Tuesday night. The community was concerned about an incident two weeks ago at North Pole High School involving boys coming into a girls’ bathroom. The boys were protesting a transgender student who posted a photo of himself in the boys’ bathroom.

The discussion at Tuesday night’s meeting was respectful and mostly concerned with bullying.

The community was activated after state lawmaker Tammy Wilson of North Pole partially described the incident during a press conference in Juneau. She criticized the school’s discipline policy.

“Some boys entered the girls’ bathroom. I don’t care why the boys were in the bathroom, I hear there was some kind of protest going on, but it doesn’t matter,” Wilson said. “And a girl kneed a boy, feeling threatened. They were blocking her way.”

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