(Meredith) -- A teenage girl was reportedly expelled from her Alaska high school for kneeing a boy in the groin after he entered the girls' bathroom and blocked the door.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that a group of seven boys stormed the girls' restroom at North Pole High School to protest another student who is transitioning from female to male.
The boys were apparently upset because the transgender student had posted a selfie from the boys' restroom to social media earlier this month. As a "form of protest," the group decided to enter the girls' restroom to take their own selfie.
When the first boy went into the girls' room, he was met by a female student who kneed him in the crotch. Officials said the female student and the transgender student are not related.
The school district later conducted a Title IX investigation and disciplined the girl for using "excessive force" against the male student, according to the Washington Post.
The girl's family told the Post she was "expelled" indefinitely. Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Superintendent Karen Gaborik did not confirm the expulsion, citing student privacy.
She did, however, confirm that all seven boys involved in the protest were also disciplined "for trying to enter the girls' bathroom."
Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, criticized the school's handling of the incident and applauded the girl's reaction during an unrelated press conference Friday morning at the Alaska State Capitol.
“I said, ‘Good for her,’” Wilson said. “I would have taught my daughter to do the same ... Was she supposed to not protect herself? She was where she belonged. They were not.”
The superintendent said the investigation did not find any evidence "that the boys were threatening any student or using any type of force toward students" when they attempted to enter the bathroom. She said they retreated immediately after the first boy was hit.
“We do not advocate physical or psychological violence as a means to attain safety,” Gaborik said in a statement. “The entire school community needs to work together to ensure that all students feel welcomed, safe and are able to learn and thrive. We recognize that parents, students and members of our community feel strongly about these issues, but advocating for the use of violence does not contribute to a safe learning environment.”
The girl's family said she is appealing the school's disciplinary action against her at a hearing with the district scheduled later this week.