Transgender student admits to lying about bathroom attack

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HERCULES (BCN)

A transgender teenager who claimed to have been physically and sexually assaulted in a Hercules High School bathroom on Monday morning has admitted to making up the story, police said Tuesday.

Police said the 15-year-old ninth-grader was interviewed by a detective Tuesday and admitted that he fabricated the incident.

He had told police the attack occurred around 11 a.m. Monday in a boys’ bathroom at the school, located at 1900 Refugio Valley Road.

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.

The attack was being investigated as a hate crime.

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.

Investigators said they are looking into possibly pursuing charges against the student for the false report.

The report had prompted an emergency meeting at the high school Tuesday morning involving top administrators. It 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.

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