Transgender student at Florence school prompts complaint

FLORENCE, Colo. - Three Colorado high school girls are alleging harassment because a transgender student is using the girl's bathroom.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports ( ) that the California-based Pacific Justice Institute, a firm specializing in parental rights, is representing the girls from two Florence families. Attorney Matthew McReynolds says allowing a "biologically teenage boy" in a girl's bathroom "is inherently harassing."

McReynolds sent a letter Oct. 10 to Re-2 School Superintendent Rhonda Vendetti and Florence High School Principal Brian Schipper.

Vendetti says school officials are working with the group to reach a resolution that ensures all students get a fair and equitable education.

The school asked Florence police to investigate the harassment allegations, but authorities said they've closed the case because the girls would not cooperate.

"Pending any other victim coming forward, we cannot even confirm any of these allegations," said Mike DeLaurentis, Florence police chief.

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