A journalist started a GoFundMe for a 12-year-old biological male transgender student who used the girls’ restroom on the first day of class at a school in Achille, Oklahoma, causing so much uproar that the school district canceled classes for two days.
Oklahoma City writer and journalist L. Anne Babb created the GoFundMe — “A Move for Maddie” — which has raised $25,945 as of Monday. The funds are intended to help the transgender student Maddie and his family move out of Achille.
The family moved from Sherman, Texas, to Achille after the transgender teen was bullied at his old school.
“We actually moved here from Sherman hoping to have a fresh start for Maddie, because she was severely bullied there, and taunted to commit suicide, and assaulted in the bathroom. Unfortunately, her fresh start did not last long,” Maddie’s mother Brandy Rose said, The Hill reported Monday.
The GoFundMe comes after the school district canceled class Aug. 13 and 14 in reaction to a saga started by Maddie’s use of the girls’ bathroom, alarming a number of parents. He had originally used the bathroom on Aug. 8, which was the first day of school.
“The transgender is already using the girls bathroom,” Jamie Crenshaw posted in Achille ISD Parents Group on Facebook. “We have been told how the school has gone above and beyond to make sure he has his own restroom yet he is still using the girls.” (RELATED: Oklahoma School District Cancels Classes After Slew Of Facebook Messages Threatening Transgender Student)
A number of individuals in the parents group from other areas in Oklahoma and Texas also posted comments making threats against the student and calling him a “thing” and a “half baked maggot.”
Following the posts, transgender and LGBTQ activists wrote to the district’s superintendent and began organizing protests after which the school district canceled classes at the advice of law enforcement officials who feared the expected protests could get out of hand.
“We have family in Houston that have been wanting us to move to them for years, but it has just never been a financial possibility,” Rose said, noting that the GoFundMe will make the move possible.
Frontier Airlines suspended a pilot on Aug. 13 after discovering that the employee made a comment deemed derogatory about the boy.
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