Transgender Student Admits Bathroom Assault Report Was Fabricated

Wednesday, 05 Mar 2014 12:46 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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The transgender student who claimed he was attacked and sexually assaulted by a group of teens at his California high school this week recanted the story Tuesday and said he made it all up.

The student, a 15-year-old biological female who identifies as a male, told police Monday that three teens at Hercules High School near San Francisco forced him into a stall, physically and sexually assaulted him, and called him names, according to ContraCostaTimes.com.

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But when police noticed the transgender student lacked any physical injuries, officers pressed him in a second interview Tuesday and he eventually "admitted he fabricated the entire story," Officer Connie Van Putten told reporters.

Now, the unidentified student could face charges for filing a false report.

"I'm just relieved that nothing of this nature did happen," Charles Ramsey, president of the West Contra Costa Unified school board, told ContraCostaTimes.com. "It would have been a tragedy. Sometimes a young person uses poor judgment, but we have to be compassionate and understand what motivated the student to want to do this ... Everybody is human and we all make mistakes. It doesn't take away from the fact that we need more support for transgender students."

Tiffany Woods, transgender program manager at Tri-City Health Center in Fremont, Calif., said it seems like there's more to the story in the case of the Hercules student.

"Transgender students don't tend to fabricate stories like this and bring scrutiny onto themselves," she told ContraCostaTimes.com. "There's more to the story that is obviously not being reported, but I don't think we know yet."

California recently instituted a new statewide law, AB 1266, which allows transgender students to use the restroom facilities and locker rooms for the gender in which they identify. The bill was approved by the state legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last August and took effect Jan. 1.

But critics and religious groups have harshly rebuffed the law and even lobbied to have it repealed.

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