SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police, civil rights activists and school district officials in the San Francisco suburb of Hercules responded aggressively when a transgender teenager showed up at his high school health center saying he had just been beaten and sexually assaulted in a school bathroom.
But on Tuesday afternoon, the 15-year-old student who alleged the attack recanted, acknowledging during a follow-up interview with a detective that he had fabricated the whole tale, Hercules police said.This has been such a boringly repetitive pattern that I no longer take seriously any claims of LGBTIQQXYZXDQ (do I have all the currently correct letters there?) individuals about hate crimes. Doubtless they happen, but there are so many that turn out to be completely made up. You could almost get the impression that someone just wants attention.
UPDATE: A little deeper into the article:
Mario Trujillo, spokesman for the West Contra Costa Unified School District, said school officials are less concerned with punishing the student than making sure he gets the support he needs.
Since November, Hercules High has been dealing with the fallout from an on-campus fight involving another transgender student and three girls that was captured in a cellphone video. Jewlyes Gutierrez, a biological male who identifies as female, was charged with misdemeanor assault and said she had repeatedly complained about being harassed at school before she fought back.I don't tend to think of girls as violent attackers. Was this transgendered student insisting on using the girls restroom? Was that the origin of the conflict?