West Virginia Assistant Principal Accused Of Harassing Transgender Boy At Urinal Loses Job




An assistant principal accused of cornering a transgender student in a bathroom and challenging him to use a urinal to “prove that he was a boy” will be out of his job after at the end of the current school year, reports WOWK-TV.

The board of education in Harrison County, West Virginia, voted unanimously to not renew a probationary contract for Liberty High School Assistant Principal Lee Livengood.

The educator was suspended with pay on Dec. 18 for allegedly storming into the restroom at the school and berating 15-year-old Michael Critchfield.




“He kept asking me why I was in there. [He said] I shouldn’t be in there because I am not a guy, and I told him I am a boy, I identify with this bathroom, and it is my legal right to use this restroom,” the sophomore recalled.

At the end of the confrontation, Livengood reportedly told the teen: “Not gonna lie, you freak me out,” in front of other students, Critchfield said.

The American Civil Liberties Union said 1,100 people signed a petition demanding the board take action.

All board of education staff, including Livengood, will be trained to prevent similar incidents in the future, said Superintendent Mark Manchin.