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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Trans Student Attacked in High School Bathroom

Posted by on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 3:42 PM

This happened at the same school where a trans student who defended herself from an assault was charged with a crime—but her assailants were not. And while rightwingers are out there screaming and yelling about the "threat" that trans kids using school restrooms supposedly present to other students, it's only trans kids—and trans adults—who get assaulted in bathrooms.


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Aww, the concern troll is concerned.
Posted by Jtron on March 4, 2014 at 4:00 PM · Report this
For anyone who's wondering, the victim was a 15 year old FtM. I'm pleased that the news folk used the right pronouns.

From the SF Gate website story:
Charles Ramsey, president of the West Contra Costa County Unified School District board, ... sounded a warning to the attackers: "You will be expelled. You will be punished, and what we'll ask is that you are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. You can't assault students on campus, no matter who they are."

Glad to see a strong statement from the school board, but something about that "no matter who they are" part is bothering me. Does anyone think it expresses an implicit disrespect?
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on March 4, 2014 at 4:05 PM · Report this
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@3 'that "no matter who they are" part is bothering me. Does anyone think it expresses an implicit disrespect?'

I think it acknowledges a clear disrespect.

To judge beyond that, I'd want a lot more context and background, and frankly, the statement is clear and unequivocal, so I might try to issue a pass even if it did.
Posted by Dredd on March 4, 2014 at 4:22 PM · Report this
@3, ***trigger warning***

I think you might be reading a bit much into it, but maybe I'm just giving the board the benefit of the doubt. I'm forced to assume you read " matter who they are" with an implicit appendation of "...even if they're a tranny!"

I read those last 5 words as a broad stroke to reference all frequent targets for bullies. That seems like the sort of verbiage administrators need to paint with to address a wide variety of different marginalized people.

And I think we can agree, trans* people are sadly at the top of a lot of shitheads' lists.

@4, interesting that wasn't brought up. You'd think the Stranger could be a little more intersectional.
Posted by teenage sushi happy happy on March 4, 2014 at 4:27 PM · Report this
@3: I think it might, but it also might be intended to set a firm stance that the issue here isn't that a transgender student was assaulted, but that a student was assaulted, saying all bullying is unacceptable. It's hard to know, but given the power and strength of the statement, I want to give him a pass.

This is awful, and this is the sort of thing that is bred from lack of anti-discrimination laws. The gay marriage fight is coming to an end here shortly (under 2 years), so let's start mobilizing for the rights of transgender people. What are the laws in Washington State?
Posted by Hanoumatoi on March 4, 2014 at 4:41 PM · Report this
Latest news reports say the kid recanted.
Posted by LJN on March 4, 2014 at 5:05 PM · Report this
No qualifier required. As a former high school punching bag, I really feel for him.
Posted by JJinAus on March 4, 2014 at 5:07 PM · Report this
This sucks we really need gender neutral bathrooms as well as boys and girls rooms.
Posted by dkjndmsahksdhksal on March 4, 2014 at 5:11 PM · Report this
@10 "we really need gender neutral bathrooms"

...and locker rooms, etc.

Given the physical plant profile of most school districts, we are not getting there in any one of our lifetimes, except perhaps at ruinous expense.

So, even if we pretend that it's free and a given we'll do this in all new schools, how many programs should we cut to do this? What new funding source could possibly get approved to limit those cuts? What time frame is acceptable to get these accommodations in place?

Lastly, can't most of this be resolved with adequate education, something which is admittedly not necessarily available in all our schools.
Posted by Dredd on March 4, 2014 at 5:32 PM · Report this
@10 "we really need gender neutral bathrooms"

I identify as a cat, I demand a litter box!
Posted by Call me Pussy on March 4, 2014 at 6:02 PM · Report this
The student now says he lied:…

Posted by winter on March 4, 2014 at 6:35 PM · Report this
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Carolyn Laub, executive director of the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, which supports and trains student organizations that serve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students, said Monday's attack indicates that Hercules High has serious safety problems that have nothing to do with the new law.

Posted by in. du. bi. tab. ly. on March 4, 2014 at 7:10 PM · Report this
"This is a horrible incident with a young person who has been sexually assaulted. It's not about bathrooms," Laub said. "It's an attack and it happened at a school where violence has been rampant and allowed to escalate to where something like this has been allowed to occur."

it is most definitely NOT about bathrooms.

hear! hear!
Posted by OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!!! on March 4, 2014 at 7:12 PM · Report this
don't worry Danny

being an AssHole means never having to say you're sorry.

Credulous DumbAss......
Posted by HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA on March 4, 2014 at 7:19 PM · Report this

"It was the first assault of a transgender student made public since a new California law went into effect on Jan. 1 guaranteeing students the right to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match the gender with which they identify."

Or Not.

So; in a state with 50,000,000 people ZERO transvestites have been attacked in bathrooms?!?

Butt! Butt!

Our Dear Leader Danny insisted it's only trans kids—and trans adults—who get assaulted in bathrooms!!!

something stinks in Danmark, for sure
Posted by something stinks in Hercules High bathrooms.(the trannies). on March 4, 2014 at 7:26 PM · Report this
This can not stand!

Danny, lead us- we must march down to Californy and BURN THAT FUCKING SCHOOL DOWN!!

are we right? people?
Posted by The Sheeple, United, Will Never Be Enlightened!!! on March 4, 2014 at 7:47 PM · Report this
Investigators at the bathroom stall crime scene have discovered strange tongue prints on the door knobs and toilet seat.

Danny, is there anything you want to share?
Posted by Clap...Clap...Clap... on March 4, 2014 at 7:50 PM · Report this
mkyorai 21
@14-20: You must be SO erect right now...
Posted by mkyorai on March 4, 2014 at 7:54 PM · Report this

instead of deleting the first comment danny should have learned from it.

you can't teach an old dog new tricks....
Posted by ....and you can't teach a dumb dog nothing on March 4, 2014 at 7:57 PM · Report this
Fuck that sucks, hopefully the attackers get the book thrown at em. My heart goes out to the person who was attacked.
Posted by j2patter on March 4, 2014 at 8:40 PM · Report this
Student faked the story: save your outrage for the next time this ACTUALLY happens…
Posted by stuck in boston on March 4, 2014 at 9:43 PM · Report this
Fortunate 25
I don't understand why people make up discrimination and attack stories like this. Don't they realize that it just makes it more difficult for the next person who really is attacked? It's like the boy who cried wolf, only instead of the same boy being left to face the wolf at the end the boy is setting it up so that some poor, innocent victim later on gets left out in the cold.

The violence against transgender people is staggering. There doesn't need to be made up stories to generate outrage. There are plenty of real stories worthy of outrage, and the fake ones only make those victims unjustly suspect too.
Posted by Fortunate on March 5, 2014 at 7:53 AM · Report this
I just read the moving and humble retraction Savage wrote after this incident turned out to be a lie.

Wait, where was that again? Savage, still writing that up? Hello? Savage?
Posted by Seattleblues on March 5, 2014 at 10:47 AM · Report this
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@26: Go somewhere else, criminal scum.
Posted by venomlash on March 5, 2014 at 1:50 PM · Report this
lark 28
Yeah, I just read this:…

Posted by lark on March 6, 2014 at 8:22 AM · Report this

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