Threatening Facebook posts caused an Oklahoma school district had to temporarily shut down over horrific messages about a transgender student who used the girls’ bathroom. It appears that the 12-year old was threatened with castration. The messages were posted to a Facebook group page for parents of an Achille, Oklahoma school and within the messages called for the transgender student to be beaten and castrated.
Screenshots reveal the parents’ comments are now gaining attention, both within the United States and internationally; the hostility and violent rhetoric directed towards a child is upsetting to say the least.
Maddie, the 12-year old who had been using the staff restroom, used the girls’ restroom just once and that was enough to cause parents to respond like this:
“If he wants to be a female make him a female,” wrote Eddie Belcher, adding, “a good sharp knife will do the job really quick.” That reprehensible remark was liked twice.
Kevin Bickerstaff called for the student to be physically attacked, while also referring to her as “it”: “Just tell the kids to kick ass in the bathroom and it won’t want to come back!!”
Another parent, Seth Shelbie Cooper, echoed the violent threat, apparently bringing his own child into the mix by suggesting he attack Maddie. Sixteen people either liked or laughed at the troubling comment.
Maddie’s mother Brandy told local news that Maddie “hadn’t been told where the staff bathroom was.” “Before she was able to be told, she had to pee, so she used the girls’ bathroom one single time.”
When Brandy saw the comments on Facebook she rightfully feared for her child’s life. “That’s a threat against her life – that’s scary,” she said.
Brandy added: “She’s an awesome kid. To see any fear in her – I can’t explain how bad that hurts me.”
Achille ISD Superintendent Rick Beene told them: “We are putting in extra measures to help safeguard our students. “We appreciate all the concern for our Achille students. Our school is shut down until Wednesday for safety precautions. While I will not go into specifics, we have increased security.”