Family wants responsibility from students and parents after attack on transgender high school student

Family wants responsibility from students and parents after attack on transgender high school student


Speaking to local outlet KXLY, Ian, who has been in transition since his sixth grade, recalled that some of his peers at Salk Middle School used anti-transgenic comments about him before the actual fight took place. Ian tells the outlet that he was pushed by a co-worker while on his way to the bus pick-up area, then tried to push him back and was hit. According to Ian and his mother, Ian tried to take the student’s glasses to make him stop, but that made him “more aggressive.”

“I turned around, he pushed me and then I pushed him back. And he came closer and hit me,” Ian told local KREM 2 News. “And then he moved on from there, then I took his glasses off him to try and get him off.”

The short clip, which is included in the YouTube video below, shows a fellow high school student throwing multiple times at Ian while other students circle and watch.

Ian’s family says he has bruises on his face and neck from the attack. Ian also wears braces and Ring says one of his teeth has come loose. Ian’s family has filed a police report and a minor has been charged with quadruple assault, according to the Spokane Police Department.

The school district has issued a statement saying it is taking the matter seriously and is investigating.

“I want these kids to be held accountable,” Ring told KXLY, adding that she wants “their parents to be held accountable.” Speaking to KREM, Ring emphasized that she’s talked to Ian about the importance of running away and not targeting himself, especially when he’s not with friends or family.

“He’s been to the mall a few times wearing sweaters that promote identity, and you have to be very careful,” Ring told the outlet in the video interview below. “Like, this is a problem, and if your family isn’t there to protect you, you can’t just ‘be yourself’ without worrying about adults, you know… coming after you.”

As Daily Kos recently wrote, LGBTQ+ students have reported on the level of bullying, both in person and online, by their peers. While we’ve featured inspiring stories of young people showing solidarity with their peers (and even their teachers), many LGBTQ+ people still face harassment, abuse, bullying, and even physical and sexual violence because of their identities. This is an equally important time to remind people of all ages that alliance (including alliance with LGBTQ+ people) is something you to do, not something you label yourself.

You can check out some of the KREM interviews with Ian and his mom below.





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