United States first transgender Lawmaker arrested for hospital bomb threat

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Stacie Laughton turned herself on Thursday for calling in a bomb threat to a hospital on February 27th. But this isn’t the first time Laughton has been in trouble with the law.

Stacie Laughton won national acclaim when she was elected to the New Hampshire Legislature in 2012. That euphoria lasted one month when local media revealed that Laughton was a convicted felon. Laughton issued this statement in 2012.

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When it became known that Laughton hadn’t technically completed her sentence when she was elected she resigned before being sworn in. Then she decided not to resign. Left without legal options Laughton publicly signed a resignation letter. Then as unbelievable as it might seem Laughton decided to run for the office that she just resigned from. That campaign was short lived when the New Hampshire AG issued an opinion that said she couldn’t run at that time due to time not served.

Source The Union Leader:

Police charged her with a felony count of falsely reporting an explosive.

“I have had a mental illness my whole life, and I guess this was my worst break with it. I was untreated for a long time, and I didn’t have medication,” Laughton told the New Hampshire Union Leader, adding she is very remorseful for her actions.

Laughton said she was not in the right frame of mind when she called in a bomb threat to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center around 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 27. Laughton, who also suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, described feelings of extreme impulsivity when she made the phone call.

“I wasn’t trying to hurt anyone, and it was totally out of character for me. I have put a lot behind me, and I never thought I would do this in a million years,” she said.

Laughton is expected to be charged with a felony for calling in a fake bomb threat, which prompted a systematic search of the hospital by local authorities and hospital security.

She fully admitted her involvement to police, who opted not to formally charge her until her stay at the Brattleboro Retreat, a mental health and addiction treatment facility in Vermont, was complete. Laughton maintains that she was not under the influence of anything at the time of the incident, says she is cooperating with police and is grateful that they allowed her to seek medical assistance before her arrest.

In 2012, Laughton was elected as one of three House members for Ward 4 in Nashua. However, after news surfaced about her previous life as a convicted felon under the name of Barry C. Laughton Jr. in Laconia, Laughton signed her letter of resignation and the Board of Aldermen sought a special election to fill the vacant position.

A few months later, her position as a Nashua Ward 4 selectman — an elected role that she won during the 2011 municipal election — was nullified after an opinion from the state Attorney General’s Office determined that her previous criminal conviction was not finally discharged under the law because of nearly $2,000 in unpaid restitution.

In 2008, under the name of Barry Laughton, she pleaded guilty to charges of fraudulent use of a credit card, conspiracy to commit identity fraud and falsifying physical evidence, which required restitution.

“I never thought I would see the inside of a police station again,” Laughton said on Thursday before turning herself in. “I am extremely remorseful. I have been crying frequently, and I wish I had never done it.”

Laughton says she has support from her parents, her pastor and others. She is hopeful to be released on personal recognizance bail so that she will be able to continue seeing her medical provider, follow after-care instructions and attend support group .

Editors note. I hope Stacie Laughton is made to account for her actions and receives the care she needs for her extreme bipolar disorder. The transgender community and society as a whole deserve better.

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Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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