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Hoax: Transgender High Schooler Recants Sexual Assault Accusation

HERCULES, Ca: Hercules High School
HERCULES, Ca: Hercules High School
By Bay City News—

Investigators said today they are looking into possibly pursuing charges against a transgender teenager for falsely claiming he was physically and sexually assaulted in a Hercules High School bathroom on Monday.

[Related article: Transgender Student Sexually Assaulted in High School…]

Police said the 15-year-old ninth-grader was interviewed by a detective today and admitted that he fabricated the incident.
 
The student, who identifies as male, had told police he was attacked by three boys believed to be about 16 or 17 years old as he was leaving the bathroom, police said.

He claimed to have been confronted and held in the bathroom, then assaulted, police said. The student was taken to a hospital after reporting the alleged incident to the student health center. He was released from the hospital Monday night, police said.

[Related article: 
School Officials Hold Meeting to Discuss Sexual Assault of…]

Police were investigating the attack as a hate crime. The incident had prompted an emergency meeting at the high school this morning involving top administrators.

Hercules High has been the site of previous problems, including a Nov. 13 fight involving transgender student Jewlyes Gutierrez, 16, who identifies as female.

[Related article: Bullied Transgender Teen Facing Criminal Charges Allowed to Attend Conflict Resolution]
 
The student's report on Monday also garnered a response from state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, who had authored recent legislation about transgender rights at schools.
 
Among other rights, Ammiano's law, which went into effect in January, allows transgender students to use bathrooms according to the gender with which they identify. In a turn of events, however, the student today admitted he had fabricated the incident while being interviewed by a detective.
 
West Contra Costa Unified School District Board of Education President Charles Ramsey responded to news of the false claim today by saying he was "relieved it didn't happen."
 
Despite the phony report, Ramsey said, "We have to support the student" and better understand what compelled him to make up the story.
 
Police said that as officers investigated the attack, they were unable to substantiate details from the student's statement, including the time frame of the incident. He also didn't have injuries consistent with his account of what happened, according to police.
 
A spokesman for Ammiano's office, Carlos Alcala, today echoed sentiments of relief. However, he said after learning about the fabricating story, "I think it is very obvious that this does not change the reality that this exists out there." He continued, "Transgender students find it a very difficult world to get through."
 
He said this incident shows that "we need to do what we can to support all students so they feel they can have safe and equal environments at their school."
 
As to the possible arrest of the student, Alcala said Ammiano would not find that an appropriate response. Ammiano initially had said that the purported suspects "must be found and they must face consequences and go through counseling."
 
Similarly, Alcala said the student should receive counseling and "consequences instead of punishment."
 
Additionally, he said regarding the administration's handling of transgender and student safety, "the criticisms leveled at the school" have not been recanted. "They are still an issue of concern," he said.
 
Ammiano had said in a statement today before the student's admission was revealed, "We also have to hold the adults accountable for not providing a safe environment for all students."
Glm Cons March 05, 2014 at 11:13 PM
So when the Tranny is the aggressor we need to be understanding and forgive but it is okay to call for the full weight of the law for the purported perpetrators? So far, both cases at this school seem to show the Tranny as the aggressor. Granted the other case had some extenuating circumstances.
Giorgio C. March 05, 2014 at 11:20 PM
Ok, let me step off of my high horse and explain. I thought that possibly this student might have some mental/emotional issues because this does not seem like something a well-balanced individual would do. Who knows? We rushed to judgement the first time this was reported, so I didn't want to do it again. Regarding my comment about hate language, honestly, I don't like bullies. Had my share of them. When I was a kid, my dad told me to take a baseball bat to school for the bullies I had to deal with. If people didn't use hate language, then folks wouldn't feel compelled to use their fists, baseball bats, or whatever. Ok, back on my high horse (Easy….easy….nice horsey)
Glm Cons March 05, 2014 at 11:31 PM
What this person did is a crime and it should be treated as such. This story seemed to have the makings of a lie from the beginning yet you can't say something like that otherwise you're chastised as being a hater when in real life, the actual hater was the person making up the story, why should it not be equally classified as a hate crime? Let the law sort it out. Most everyone has experienced some form of bullying or another but back in the day we dealt with it and moved on.
Sarah Creeley March 06, 2014 at 10:16 AM
I wholeheartedly disagree with those who have chosen this 15 year old's actions as an opportunity to voice their prejudice against people who are transgendered. You are all waiting in the wings , and when something hurtful happens, involving a transgendered person, (even if it's a child), you all come scurrying out like cockroaches. Yes, what he did was wrong, and like Ramsey said, we must look into it further. What on earth gives those of you who post hate on the Patch to think you are so much better than anyone else? Giorgio is right, your posts are hate speech. What the 15 year old did was wrong. Does that make your hurtful responses ok? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
Sarah Creeley March 06, 2014 at 10:19 AM
The Patch Post times are wrong. I posted the comment before this one, and this post at 7:19.

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