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07/11/2013 02:38 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

Alex Wilson, Transgender Student Barred From Women's Bathroom, Says School Threatened Charges

Transgender nursing student Alex Wilson says her school threatened to press charges and expel her if she used the women's bathroom, TV station WFLA reported.

Wilson, who has undergone four years of hormone therapy in her transition to female, was using the women's room at Pinellas Technical Education Center in Clearwater, Fla., until another student complained this week, the station noted in the segment above. Wilson has been relegated to an isolated "closet"-sized restroom she said was degrading, per WFLA.

Asked if Wilson was indeed threatened by administrators, Pinellas County Schools spokeswoman Melanie Marquez Parra told The Huffington Post on Thursday: "I don't know whether or not someone at the school said that to her."

Parra said she had no further update until "we totally understand everything. ... Our legal department is looking into it."

Transgender rights in the restroom have come under close scrutiny lately after a highly publicized case in Colorado. The state's Division of Civil Rights ruled last month that a school district had discriminated against Coy Mathis, a 6-year-old transgender girl, by barring her from the girls' lavatory. Supporters called it a step forward for civil rights.

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