FAU responds to allegations
Jeff Skryzpek reports
Turned away for looking like a woman. That is what a gay, male Florida Atlantic University student claims happened on Wednesday at the campus library.
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- - Turned away for looking like a woman.
That is what a gay, male Florida Atlantic University student claims happened on Wednesday at the campus library.
Abdul Asquith said he was trying to check out a laptop to study for his communications classes.
"She looked at the ID and looked down at it. She said, 'You sound, look and act like a girl and in this ID is a man, therefore I'm not giving you a laptop,' " said Asquith.
Asquith said he was wearing an FAU hoodie, shorts and had his long hair pulled back.
He said he used his campus-issued ID that was handed out in March of 2012.
"It looks just like me. I identify with my ID I wasn't there dressed up. I didn't have a dress on. I wasn't dressed in character," said Asquith.
The student admits he does sometimes dress in a way that many identify as "female" clothing.
Asquith said clothing should not matter either way.
"I was appalled. Distraught for one and I was embarrassed because of the students behind me," said Asquith.
The library on the FAU campus did not want to comment.
A spokesperson for the school did not return calls or e-mails for comment.
"Because he acts a certain way, he can't possibly be this? It shouldn't even be like that," said Samantha Lemessy, who witnessed the alleged event.
Lemessey, who is friends with Asquith, said she thinks the school owes her friend an apology.
Asquith said after going through three different librarians, he finally got the laptop he needed. He said it came at an irreparable cost.
"If I don't speak out, who's going to speak out? People need to start speaking out and addressing this every time this happens," said Asquith.
The student said he is in contact with the campus diversity council to see if there is anything that can be done.