Principal accused of harassing transgender boy gets job back

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia assistant principal accused of harassing a transgender student has won an appeal to get his job back.

News outlets report the Harrison County Board of Education on Monday voted to reinstate Lee Livengood. Last month the board voted not to renew Livengood’s contract at the end of a three-year probationary period.

County Schools Superintendent Mark Manchin says Monday’s decision was difficult and followed “a lot of discussion.”

In November, Livengood allegedly followed transgender teenager Michael Critchfield into the boys bathroom at Liberty High School and said, “You freak me out.” Critchfield said Livengood also ordered him prove his gender by using a urinal.

The American Civil Liberties Union’s West Virginia chapter says in a statement that Livengood has “shown a troubling lack of remorse for his actions.”

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