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California Trans Student Recants Claim of Sexual Assault in School Bathroom: VIDEO


A California transgender teen who was taken to a hospital Monday after telling school officials he was forced into the handicapped stall in the school bathroom and physically and sexually assaulted by three fellow students, told a police detective he made up the story, the AP reports.

BoysroomThe Contra Costa Times reported on the attack Monday, saying that "a 15-year-old transgender male student told police he was leaving the bathroom in the 300 building at around 11 a.m. when the three suspects pushed him inside a bathroom stall and physically and sexually assaulted him."

The paper also reported that no suspects had been identified or arrested.

Now the AP is reporting that the student confessed to making up the story:

Officers took his statement and opened an investigation that included a sexual assault examination. But as the investigation continued, officers could not substantiate the facts of the boy's statement, including the time frame, and the he lacked any physical injuries to his head, face and hands, police said.

The student finally admitted he had made up the story during the follow-up interview with a detective Tuesday, Van Putten said. She would not speculate on why he had lied.

"We investigated this thing as a true crime. We went at it full force until we found out there was no crime," Van Putten said. "So people should know if they believe they are a victim of a crime, we are going to give them our full attention."

The teen could possibly be charged by police with making a false report but the school has no plans to punish the student and says he clearly needs assistance of some sort.

Said the school spokesman: "We recognize that life is complicated, and at the end of the day this is a request for help."

The Transgender Law Center, Gay-Straight Alliance Network, the RYSE Center and the Rainbow Community Center released an updated statement in response to the incident and false claims:

In light of recent reports, our hearts continue to go out to the youth and his family. We take very seriously every story about any student not being safe and supported. We understand violence and issues of safety are pervasive problems in West Contra Costa Unified School District, and we share the district’s stated goal of ensuring all students are able to learn and thrive in a safe, compassionate, and welcoming environment. We continue our strong commitment to all students, and our open invitation to partner with the district to create a positive school environment remains.

The student identifies as male and has the right to use the bathroom under the trans student rights law signed by Governor Jerry Brown last August which was the subject of recent failed efforts to have it repealed.

Watch CBS San Francisco's original report on the assault (autoplay), AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. It's people like this, and the lesbian who faked the nasty note the customer left, or he gay couple who faked the note from the offended mother on their party invitation, or the lesbian who faked her assault a year or two ago, who are truly setting back the cause of gay rights. Now people will look askance at claims of assault or discrimination, and rightly so. I admit when I first heard about the waitress and the couple with the birthday party I was skeptical, and in both cases I was, unfortunately, right to be. Pathetic.

    Posted by: Zell | Mar 5, 2014 10:56:42 AM

  2. What Zell said. Disgusting.

    I hope he knows what damage he has done to our community as a whole.

    Posted by: Clint | Mar 5, 2014 11:01:18 AM

  3. This is so sad. This kid needs a good therapist not jail.

    We hear about folks like this who make false claims of victimhood for attention too often.

    Posted by: Ace | Mar 5, 2014 11:10:02 AM

  4. The problem with this is when it really does happen, people will wonder if the person is making it up.

    Posted by: Jaysonn | Mar 5, 2014 11:11:11 AM

  5. @ "It's people like this,...."

    @ "I hope he knows what damage he has done to our community as a whole."

    What the do either of you know about the the stress that a
    teenage Transgender person has to go through?

    Sometimes you feel like you want to find some of the people who post comments on this blog and...well, just kill them.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 5, 2014 11:17:09 AM

  6. I don't care about what stress that moronic little idiot is going through, regardless of whether he is trans or not.

    He's wasting police time and should face consequences for that. And he is trivialising experience of real victims of assault through his lies.

    I think he needs a psychiatrist quickly.

    Posted by: MaryM | Mar 5, 2014 11:20:27 AM

  7. @ MARYM,

    I guess what I'm trying to say is that the emotionally bizarre act of one Gay or Transgender teenager should NOT relfect on the entire LGBT world (I hate to say LGBT community because we are a lot of varied comnunitIES.)

    It's similar to what Black folks have gone through for many decades when there is the report of a well publicized crime. We say, "oh, Lord, I hope the criminal wasn't Black". As though the criminal will represent all Black folks.

    Well, why should Gay and Transfolk put themselves through the same foolishness?

    So, a Transgender teenager did something stupid (or desperate). That does not reflect on all Gay and Transgender folk.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 5, 2014 11:32:02 AM

  8. Yet another disturbed trans individual claiming a fake assault? Not surprising. They're fake all over.

    Posted by: roger | Mar 5, 2014 11:32:09 AM

  9. Roger,

    What about the disturbed gay and lesbian ppl who've made these kinds of claims?

    This is about mental illness. Instead of running around with torches and pitchforks, why not understand that this child is mentally ill? Clearly, this person was not in his right mind and needs help.

    Posted by: Ace | Mar 5, 2014 11:43:56 AM

  10. Ace, Roger hates gays and lesbians, too.

    Posted by: crispy | Mar 5, 2014 12:06:35 PM

  11. News flash: 15 year old kids sometimes do stupid things. I'm sure he really regrets doing this, or will once he's older. Show a little compassion, people.

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Mar 5, 2014 12:10:05 PM

  12. @Zell and others: the faked response to the birthday invitation was not created or reported by a gay couple. It was made up by two straight "shock" DJs to get attention. They admitted to it, and last I heard the radio station's management/owners were looking into disciplinary measures.

    I certainly don't embrace anyone seeking attention by making false claims of abuse or other mistreatment. But I also don't think that the actions of one 15 year old and a couple other isolated incidents over several years reflect on the millions of LGBT Americans. Not to mention that for every one false report, there are hundreds---if not thousands---of real ones.

    Straight people make up stuff all the time, so it's not unexpected that LGBT people sometimes do too. Plus, most straight people aren't paying attention to most reports on hate crimes, true or false. The lying waitress was probably the most widely reported tale, yet I doubt that it crossed the radar of 98% of straight people who read the news---much less those who don't.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 5, 2014 12:15:21 PM

  13. It seems to be so many fake stories coming out lately.

    Posted by: Perry | Mar 5, 2014 12:27:10 PM

  14. The kid needs to be prosecuted and sent to jail.

    Posted by: Arkansassy | Mar 5, 2014 12:41:09 PM

  15. @Derrick from Philly: "Just kill them?" Are you actually saying that or is a troll just trying to make you look bad? You don't get to make threats against other people with impunity.

    Andy, your comments are absolutely out of control, when someone is allowed to talk about literally finding other commenters and murdering them.

    Posted by: Zell | Mar 5, 2014 1:02:36 PM

  16. Another lying trans nut. These folks lie all the time. About almost everything. Imagine what would have happened if some innocent kids had been wrongfully accused? Would this disgusting liar have said anything or let them go to prison?

    To trannies, 99% of society is "cis scum" and is fair game for any degree of cruel treatment. Their fave new slogan is "die cis scum." These are sick people. Sick as in mentally ill and sociopathic. The worst mistake that LGBs ever made was to allow their identity to be hijacked and for their civil rights movement to be co-opted by these illiberal, cruel, lying thugs.

    Posted by: Matthew | Mar 5, 2014 1:04:13 PM

  17. Zell- The hoax about the party invitation was NOT perpetrated by a gay couple. It was perpetrated by 2 straight radio jocks, who invented the entire story as a PR stunt.

    Clint - This deceitful transgender did not cause any damage to "our community." There is no evidence that the liar is LGB. LGB is our community. Transgender is an entirely separate concept and an entirely separate group (actually a number of groups falsely brought under one "umbrella").

    Nothing they do reflects on LBGs. The only reason that some people think so is becasue they buy into the false concept of LGBT.

    Posted by: Brian | Mar 5, 2014 1:14:00 PM

  18. zell, what derrick from philly said about killing anyone who speaks out against this false accuser is typical. they have no arguments. they only have threats. notice that little kiwi, who is the same person as derrick is constantly fantasizing about other commenters killing themselves. this are really sick evil people. there is something about the entire trans movement that is filled with this kind of violence and bullying. it would be great if andy towle could forward derrick's ip address to law enforcement.

    Posted by: debs | Mar 5, 2014 1:19:55 PM

  19. LOL @ "Andy, your comments are absolutely out of control, when someone is allowed to talk about literally finding other commenters and murdering them."

    LOL. Child, you made my day. If I haven't murdered Rick yet, do think I'm really....well, yep, I'm coming after you like Dirty Harry in Drag. Yep, Dirty Harriet! Better watch out. LOL

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 5, 2014 1:20:04 PM

  20. The trans hate on this message board is so predictable. Of course it's usually by the same person posting under different names.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Mar 5, 2014 1:24:39 PM

  21. @Derrick I'm not "worried," per se, but your comment was out of line.

    As for the gay couple's party invitation, it's good to hear that the gay couple was not behind the hoax, but the entire situation is still embarrassing to the gay community. Please note, I'm not saying that the actions of a few people should reflect on the community as a whole, but in the public's eye, it does.

    Posted by: Zell | Mar 5, 2014 1:27:42 PM

  22. "the school has no plans to punish the student"

    Why not? These are dangerous accusations, and could have really damaged some students' futures.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 5, 2014 1:29:07 PM

  23. Andy,

    please answer Zell's and Deb's request. Please tell the Federal authorities my IP addresss so they can incarerate me. That will be the only way that I'll ever have a man again.

    I'm ready to go to jail! LOL

    I'm going to find and kill all of y'all anti-TRans b1tches! Come and get me!

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 5, 2014 1:31:35 PM

  24. Isn't it wonderful how law enforcement leaps into action when a transgender makes a false accusation. Too bad there was no one around to care when 4 year old Myls Dobson was tortured and murdered by a hulking, violent trans monster. Oh, and of course, Towleroad - which covers every trivial complaint by trans activists - didn't think that this trans story was worth covering, even though it made news around the world:

    "Myls Dobson arrived at the Ritz Plaza apartments a healthy, smiling, 50-pound little boy.

    But over three weeks at the hands of the 231-pound transgendered woman seasoned investigators call a savage, he died a sadistic, tortured death.

    During a 12-hour interrogation, Kryzie King told astonished detectives how she brutalized the little boy, whom she'd agreed to watch for a few hours when his dad, her boyfriend, dropped him off.

    But when hours stretched to days, and weeks, she said the boy stopped eat, so she hit him with a belt and an electrical cord.

    She took the rack from a hot oven and held it against his leg.

    She tied him to a chair and gagged his mouth.

    Then, on Tuesday evening when it was nine degrees with a wind chill of minus 15, King told investigators she locked the 4-year-old on her 11th floor balcony wearing only a t-shirt and boxers for close to an hour.

    And then, locked him in her bathroom in the dark. By Wednesday, cops say Myls had lost more than 20 pounds, when King told police she watched his eyes flutter, as he took his last breaths."

    Posted by: Helene | Mar 5, 2014 1:34:59 PM

  25. Zell, just to clarify: there was no gay couple. The radio jocks invented the couple, the daughter, the party, the invitation, and the response to the invitation. Every component of the story was was invented by the 2 straight radio jocks. I honestly don't see how that could reflect on LGBs in any way. If one of the radio jocks was gay, then maybe, but under the actual facts of the case, no.

    BTW, I see a huge legal and moral difference b/t a story like that and the one about the rude note on the restaurant bill and a story like the one above, which involves a false alarm to the police, wasting precious law enforcement resources, disrupting the school, and possibly putting students at risk of false arrest. I wonder if this transgender didn't blame an African American. That is a standard tactic in false accusation cases like this.

    They should absolutely arrest the false accuser and charge him or her with a crime, or failing that, send him/her to be evaluated by a mental health professional. How can the school just shrug this off?

    Posted by: Brian | Mar 5, 2014 1:43:19 PM

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