Oklahoma School Shuts Down After Parents Threaten Trans Student with Castration

Aug 17, 2018

By Sarahbeth Caplin

An Oklahoma school district shut down for two days this week in response to an onslaught of threats against a 12-year-old trans student.

The student, Maddie, had been living as a girl the entire time she’s been part of the Achille Public Schools. While she had used a staff bathroom for the past two years, she was at a new school this year and hadn’t been given that same permission, so she used the girls restroom instead. She was quickly accused of peering under the stalls and became the subject of an angry Facebook rant from a parent.

Before long, even adults were threatening her.

The horrific messages, which referred to 12-year-old Maddie as “it,” “this thing,” “half baked maggot” and “the transgender,” were posted on a Facebook group for parents of students in Achille, Oklahoma.

All that is troubling enough, but at least one parent made a direct threat of castration, saying, “if he wants to be female make him a female. A good sharp knife will do the job really quick.”

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One comment on “Oklahoma School Shuts Down After Parents Threaten Trans Student with Castration”

  • From the information given in the article, I take it that the twelve-year-old is anatomically a boy who feels and behaves like a girl and prefers to dress as one. The child’s parents seem to have encouraged this transvestism; which is fine, though I wonder whether it is still too early to be socializing the boy as a girl instead of the girly boy that he is. Schoolboys can be ruthless towards effeminate boys, but attitudes have changed in schools on that score, even among schoolboys, in recent years, thanks to enlightened policies in schools and wider communities. It seems more straightforward that a twelve-year-old boy with a feminine personality be dressed according to his anatomical sex until after puberty and the legal age of consent (sixteen where I live), by which time the individual can decide for him- or herself what clothing best expresses his or her sexuality and even whether modificatory surgery would help. It bothers me that this child, anatomically male but temperamentally female, has been sexualized at such an early age on the basis of adult notions of sexuality, when the child should have been encouraged to feel at ease in its body as an effeminate boy. What do the child’s parents think on this subject and to what extent have they intruded their own opinions about sexuality on how their child should dress for school? A primary school is not an appropriate scene for such a debate about sexual roles, and it is wrong to confront primary-school children with it. The emphasis there should be on accepting everyone as he or she is in body and personality. Requiring children with male genitals to dress as boys and children with female genitals to dress as girls protects prepubescent children from exposure to debates about sexual issues that do not yet apply to them.

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