Trans Teen Charged With Battery After Defending Against Attacks
16-year-old California high school student Jewlyes had been enduring ongoing torment from bullies for being transgender until she finally fought back in self-defense. As a result, she is now being charged by the District Attorney for battery despite no one walking away from the altercation with anything more than light scratches. None of the other students involved, all three of whom ganged up on her, are having charges of any kind levied against them.
According to Jewlyes, she had made prior attempts to work with school officials to handle the bullying she was receiving, but to no avail. Deputy District Attorney Dan Cabral told NBC Bay Area that they will not comment on their reasoning for charging Jewlyes unless ordered by a court to do so.