According to a March 4 report from The Associated Press, as carried by ABC News, the unnamed teen, who is biologically female but identifies as male, claims three teens pushed him into a bathroom stall at the Hercules High School campus and assaulted him both physically and sexually.
Police had initially classified the attack as a hate crime because of “disparaging remarks” allegedly made against the boy. The teen has since recanted his entire tale, admitting it was a complete hoax.
The incident brought to light a first-of-its-kind California law, Assembly Bill 1266, which states that transgendered students may use “facilities consistent with his or her gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on the pupil’s records.”
The teen was interviewed by police and provided the names of the three supposed attackers and a timeline of events. Investigators later found discrepancies in the boy’s story, and also said there was no evidence of any of the alleged injuries.
When confronted with the incongruities in his story Tuesday, the student “admitted he fabricated the entire story,” Officer Connie Van Putten said, adding that police are reviewing the case to determine if they will bring any false charge indictments on the teen.
“I'm just relieved that nothing of this nature did happen,” said Charles Ramsey, president of the West Contra Costa Unified school board. “It would have been a tragedy. Sometimes a young person uses poor judgment, but we have to be compassionate and understand what motivated the student to want to do this.”
Tiffany Woods, transgender program manager at Tri-City Health Center in Fremont, believes there is more to the story, and that the teen simply caved under the pressure and recanted the accusation.
“Transgender students don't tend to fabricate stories like this and bring scrutiny onto themselves,” Woods said. “There's more to the story that is obviously not being reported, but I don't think we know yet.”