Harrison County Assistant Principal accused of bullying transgender student, BOE investigates

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A Liberty High School student is demanding change after he said an assistant principal bullied and harassed him in the school bathroom. 

According to a press release from the American Civil Liberties of West Virginia (ACLU), a sophomore student said he was, “cornered, harassed and intimidated in a public boys bathroom” by Liberty High School Assistant Principal Lee Livengood on Nov. 27.

The release alleges that the assistant principal confronted the student in the bathroom and challenged the student to “use a urinal to prove that he was a boy.”

Monday morning, ACLU-WV sent a letter to Superintendent Mark Manchin requesting a meeting with the Superintendent.

12 News spoke with Superintendent Mark Manchin regarding the alleged incident. He said:

“We take this very seriously. We believe all of our children should be treated fairly and equitably regardless of any mitigating circumstances. Right now, we are gathering that information. I received a letter from the ACLU, with certain demands and certain requirements, I am reading that information. Everything is on the table with how we are going to deal with this but, I hope anyone listening here today (Monday) recognizes we take this thing incredibly seriously, and we are very concerned. Preliminary, of what I’ve read and what I’ve seen in my investigation, is that perhaps this assistant principal did act in an inappropriate way. I will make that decision and determination of how we are going to address it. We want to make sure that this child is protected.”

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