Here's the story - a hoax, a malicious libel, deliberately designed to persecute one particular child.
A male student at Florence High School who claims to be a transgender has been harrassing girls in the bathroom......
No interviews. No sources, other than the Pacific Justice Institute. The same group that has lodged formal objections to teaching in science class that the Earth orbits the Sun as that contradicts Scripture, thereby "creating a hostile environment for those of faith".
The same group that objected to students being taught in biology class that Clownfish change sex, as that "goes against the family values of the majority". ...
Partial transcript of testimony by the school superintendent:
"VENDETTI: "Nothing has actually been verified with us. This is one parent basically bringing their viewpoint about this situation to the media because they weren't getting the responses that they hoped they would get from the district, from parents of students at the high school, or from the board and myself. So I think it's just an attempt to elevate the situation to a point where maybe some more attention can be drawn to that in the hope of having a different outcome. But to our knowledge and based on our investigation, none of those things have actually happened. We do have a transgender student at the high school and she has been using the women's restroom. There has not been a situation." ...
In view of one student's claim that the trans student has been a victim of cyberstalking -
"As a Christian girl who attends FHS, I'd just like to say that I've never been harassed by this individual not have I ever seen him harass anyone else. He's actually shy and a nice person. Do I think he should be able to use the girls bathroom? I'm torn. He either uses our bathroom and makes MAYBE 30% of the girls uncomfortable, or he uses the boy's restroom and gets beat up. I don't feel uncomfortable by him. Also, there are a lot of holes in this story. No parents initially complained. There was a mass Facebook message that included 150+ students and parents, outing him publicly. It was such a big deal, all electronic devises were confiscated if seen that day. THEN it was a problem and parents complained. This boy wasn't treated fairly. As a Christian, I had to put the truth out there. He didn't hurt or harass anyone."
And another student's claim of the trans girl being a victim of physical violence -
I am a girl at the school and a friend of the girl in question. I have to say that she is awesome!
There are a few problems that the principal isn't mentioning. I think they always like to cover things up?
She has been both physically and verbally threatened by some of the boys. They can be pretty scary. And the girls can say some hateful things. But it's much less than half.
More than anything she just wishes everyone would quit talking about her.
Police involvement is appropriate.
Bearing False Witness - a Chronology
You'll note that Zoe (who owns the A.E.Brain blog) has pointed out that the story is falling apart, as female students from the school come forward to speak the truth of the story and show the claim to be a lie and the school's Superintendent explaining how this lie got started. Zoe has provided links to her sources. The original, sensationalistic claim (Appeal to Prejudice is not only a logical fallacy, but also a technique used in propaganda) from the Religious Reich, on the other hand, did not.
Fox Nation Touts Fake Story about Transgender Student Harassing Girls in School Bathroom
... where you will find the link to the full voice interview with the Florence-Penrose School District Superintendent, Rhonda Vendetti.
Update from The Transadvocate:
Anti-gay activist group admits trans school “harassment” is fake
Followup from A.E. Brain:
Bearing False Witness - Continued
Further Update from This Blog (any additional followups will be added to this second post on the story):
Fundamentalists and TERFs in an Unholy Alliance Attempting to Encourage a Hate Crime?