Mother sues school after transgender student attacked daughter in bathroom

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Mother sues school after transgender student attacked daughter in bathroom

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A mother in Oklahoma is suing her daughter’s school after she was attacked by a transgender student in the girls’ bathroom.

Theresa Gooden filed the lawsuit on May 25, exactly one year after Gov. Kevin Stitt (R-OK) signed a law that prohibited transgender people from using a bathroom that does not match their sex listed at birth. The law even allowed parents to “have a cause of action against the public school district” when it was found in violation of the law.

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Gooden claimed in her suit that her 15-year-old daughter was attacked in the bathroom on Oct. 26 after her school, Edmond Memorial High School, was already aware that her attacker, a transgender student who enrolled only “a few days prior,” according to Edmond Public School Superintendent Angela Grunewald, had previously threatened the girl. The daughter, identified as EG, allegedly suffered “severe” physical and mental injuries, suffering, and emotional distress.

Theresa Gooden v. Edmond Public Schools

On the other hand, Grunewald described the injuries as “minor” in an unlisted YouTube video sent to parents in December. While Gooden claimed the school had knowledge of the transgender student’s sex via a birth certificate, Grunewald claimed that the student enrolled without a birth certificate, and the school was not aware that the student was born male.

“But it doesn’t matter; that’s not okay,” Grunewald said. “We don’t want a student hurt at all, whether minor or serious.”

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Gooden is now seeking $75,000 in damages. Her attorney Greg Andrews did not respond to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.

Should Gooden’s claims that the school knew the student was transgender but allowed the use of the girls’ bathroom be proved true, the district stands to lose 5% of state funding per the law.

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