Transgender ex-student sues Alabama school over mistreatment

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – A former student is suing a north Alabama school district, saying she was harassed and physically assaulted because she was transgender.

Zelda Menefee sued the Huntsville city school system, former superintendent Casey Wardynski and eight other teachers and school employees in federal court in Huntsville on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old Menefee says she was bullied by students and teachers at Grissom High School until she finally quit school in May 2016 and earned a high school equivalency diploma. The lawsuit says she was denied access to women’s restrooms, locker rooms and physical education classes.

Local news outlets report Menefee began transitioning from male to female in summer 2014. She enrolled at Grissom as a freshman in January 2015.

Huntsville school district spokesman Keith Ward says he can’t comment on pending lawsuits.

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