Another preadolescent transgender child was attacked in a Broward County school, all within 50 miles of Trump’s residence at Mar-Lar-go. These attacks have been occurring with increased frequency and violence since Florida Governor Desantis signed the anti-trans sports bill while declaring his rejection of ‘transgender ideology.
On May 30th, Leo Hoffman, 12, a gender non-binary trans student was the victim of a hate crime when a group of 5 boys attacked them during lunchtime at Seminole Middle School in Broward County.
Today we are learning about another hate crime that happened earlier in May. Chad Sanford, a 13-year-old transgender middle school girl was blindsided by a coward and beaten while walking out of her classroom to catch a bus home after school.
Trigger Warning. Video contains graphic violence.
Chad Sanford, 13, told NBC News on Wednesday that she was walking down the hallway of Deerfield Beach Middle School at the end of the school day when an older student started following her.
“I was scared for my life,” the sixth-grader said.
The incident occurred about 2:30 p.m. ET on Friday at the Deerfield Beach Middle School, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office confirmed in a statement. It was unclear if authorities were investigating it as a hate crime.
“He called me a gay faggot,” Sanford explained. “He said he was going to knock the gayness out of me.”
It was unclear if the student who physically and allegedly verbally harassed Sanford or the students who appeared to watch the incident would face any consequences.
Sanford said she has been bullied since last January. She added that she was most disappointed by the actions, or the lack thereof, of her school.
“They didn’t do anything,” she said. “I wish they, or anyone, did something.”
The Broward County Schools have an excellent Transgender policy and guidelines but they are only of value if they are followed.
Broward County Public Schools LGBTQ Critical Support Guide:
FEDERAL STATE AND LOCAL NONDISCRIMINATION AND ANTI-BULLYING POLICIES AND GUIDELINES
“The 14th Amendment guarantees all people equal protection under the law. Public school officials may be held liable for violating LGBTQ+ students’ constitutional rights or not intervening in anti-LGBTQ+ harassment.”
Jazz Jennings transitioned publicly in 2007 has words of encouragement for transgender students in her home state of Florida.