A high school student and her father are suing a Vermont school district, accusing it of retaliating against them for complaining about a transgender student in the girls’ locker room.
Blake Allen, 14, was suspended from Randolph Union High School and her father Travis Allen was fired from his job as the girls’ soccer coach without pay for calling the biologically male student, who identifies as a transgender girl, “a man.”
The father and teenage daughter joined “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Thursday night to discuss the lawsuit filed against the school district.
“I was suspended for expressing my opinion that a man should not be in the women’s locker room,” Blake said on the show.
“A lot of my classmates were supportive. I think most people and the school are too. They’re just too scared to say anything because they see all the reactions I get for it.”
Travis said: “I made a post on social media referring to the male student as a man and I was punished for that. Because I misclassified him.’
She then informed Carlson that the school lifted its suspension shortly after their lawsuit was filed. It is not immediately clear whether the school was aware of the lawsuit when the suspension was lifted.
Vermont high school student Blake Allen, 14, and her father Travis Allen, appeared on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson after they filed a lawsuit against the school district alleging they had been punished for complaining about a trans student who was in the girls’ locker room
The lawsuit alleges Chief Inspector Layne Millington, pictured, among others, is ‘violating the First Amendment’ by trying to dictate ‘what may be said about matters of public interest’
The teen described what happened and said, “I was in the locker room and the student came in and there was the rest of the team and I felt uncomfortable and I left and I told the school and they just shut me down and said that they couldn’t do anything.’
Some teammates claimed the transgender player made an “inappropriate comment” to some of them while they were changing in the locker room.
They first asked the school to move the unnamed student. No details about the allegedly inappropriate comment have been shared.
However, Vermont state law means students can play sports and use the locker that matches the gender they identify with.
Travis said none of the other employees supported him when he was suspended — and his daughter was told by school staff to write a letter of apology to the trans student.
But she defiantly told them she wouldn’t say sorry for expressing her opinion.
The lawsuit filed Thursday alleges that Allen and his daughter have been punished for expressing their views on a matter of great public concern: whether a teenage boy who identifies as a woman should be allowed to change into a girls’ locker room, regardless of the discomfort that the girls in that room cause.’
Blake said she thinks the school district was upset that she “told people I thought it was wrong and that men shouldn’t be in the locker room with us.”
Vermont’s laws state that transgender students — such as those at Randolph High, pictured — can use any facilities appropriate to their gender identity
According to the lawsuit first obtained by The Daily Signal, it claims that: Travis and Blake, when they objected to a man being in the room while the girls were changing, made comments underlining that the trans-identifying student is in fact a man, partly by using masculine pronouns.’
“Indeed, their view of the student’s masculinity was fundamental to their opinion of appropriate use of the locker room.”
“Yet their comments were too much for the defendants’ transgender orthodoxy—Travis was deemed to have ‘mis-sexed’ the student, while Blake was found guilty of ‘harassment’ and ‘bullying’—so defendants charged them both.”
The lawsuit names Superintendent Layne Millington, co-directors Lisa Floyd and Caty Sutton, and the Orange Southwest School District Board as “violating the First Amendment” by trying to dictate “what may be said about matters of public interest.”
“Yet that’s exactly what happened here,” the statement said. “Defendants have punished Travis and Blake for saying that a man is a man, in terms of sex and biology, regardless of the gender identity the man has assumed.”
Blake Allen previously spoke out against an unidentified transgender student who used the girls’ locker rooms at her high school in Vermont
The school district reportedly told the Allen family on Oct. 21 that Blake had violated its intimidation, hazing and bullying policies and must face a two-day suspension, write an essay and participate in a “recovery circle” with the equity coordinator of the school. the school “and at least two students who can help it understand students’ rights to access public accommodations.”
If Blake’s required essay is found to be “not in good faith” by the school, she would have to serve an additional three days of suspension, the lawsuit said.
“I said I’d rather get a five-day suspension and apologize because I don’t regret it,” she told Carlson on Thursday.
Blake added that many of her classmates supported me, saying, “I think most people and the school are, they’re just too scared to say anything because they see all the reactions I get for it.”
However, she previously told The Daily Signal that she does not regret speaking out.
“I’m glad I spoke out because there’s still so much that can be done, the law can be changed, because now it’s national news,” she said, adding of the trans-identifying student: ” He had the right to go but when we said we were not comfortable he should have just left. It should have been that simple.’
“I don’t want other girls to feel uncomfortable about it,” Blake added. “I think everyone should be able to change in the dressing room they were born in. If you were born a girl, you can go into the girl’s locker room, and out when you’re done. It should be simple and it isn’t anymore.’