The board of a Damariscotta school embroiled in controversy over an attempt by staffers to transition the gender of a 13-year-old student without her parents’ permission issued a vague statement on Monday concerning the issue.
“The Board is aware that rumors and allegations have been published and republished on various social media platforms relating to this issue,” the statement from superintendent Lynsey Johnston and board chair Samuel Belknap II states.
“While it is unfortunate that some individuals have sought to use this issue to try and divide our community, as a Board, we are committed not only to following Maine law but also honoring our school’s core values, and focusing on treating each other with dignity and respect,” it states.
The statement does not address the allegations of Amber Lavigne, which have been reported on exclusively by The Maine Wire. The statement also does not dispute any of the facts reported by The Maine Wire.
Lavigne said at a school board meeting on Wednesday that a social worker at the school gave her 13-year-old daughter a breast binder without Lavigne’s knowledge or consent.
That binder was part of a social gender transition the young girl was encouraged to keep secret from her parents by 26-year-old social worker Sam Roy.
According to Great Salt Bay Community School’s publicly available school policies, school staff are prohibited from encouraging student’s to keep secrets.
School officials have declined multiple request for comment from The Maine Wire. They have not said whether Roy will continue in his role as a social worker for the school.