Multiple organizations hold rally for Harrison County transgender teen

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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (WDTV) - A rally was held for local transgender teenager from Harrison County on Saturday.

The Gluck Theatre at West Virginia University was filled with dozens of locals supporting Liberty High School student, Michael Critchfield, a sophomore.

This was hosted by the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia (ACLU-WV), Fairness West Virginia, and WVU LGBTQ.

In November, Assistant Principal Lee Livengood was suspended following accusations that he bullied and harassed the transgender student in a school bathroom.

Last week after deliberating in executive session, the Harrison County Board of Education moved to reinstate Assistant Principal Lee Livengood after a period of unpaid suspension where he will receive "sensitivity training".

Organization leaders say this rally is to applaud Critchfield.

"People are inspired by his bravery for coming forward, and we wanted to make sure that he knew that. He had people in his corner and people by his side. We also wanted other trans kids around the state that they're not alone," said ACLU-WV Executive Director Joseph Cohen.

"I think people are inspired by what Michael is doing and they just want to come out and show support," said Billy Wolfe, Communication Specialist for Fairness WV.

Livengood's suspension will end February 8th, and will be able to return to the school pending if he meets four requirements that were determined by the board.

Superintendent Dr. Mark Manchin met with representatives from the ACLU, Tuesday. Both sides said they were happy with how the meeting went and were hopeful for the future of the school.