A story about a transgender student supposedly harassing girls in a locker room and restrooms at Florence High School in Florence, Colo. recently made the rounds in the conservative media.
Writing for the TransAdvocate, Cristan Williams recently reported on the transgender student, referred to by the name of "Jane Doe" to protect her privacy, and her mother (audio below).
“Jane is private about everything. She’s timid and shy and tends to be afraid to talk to people. That they’re saying that she’s going around harassing people, it’s just not true," said Jane's mom. "The people who are doing these stories need to realize that the kid behind these stories has feelings and gets hurt.”
Williams called the school’s Superintendent Rhonda Vendetti and learned that the school conducted an investigation, but found the allegations to be false (audio below).
“We do have a transgender student at the high school, and she has been using the women’s restrooms," said Vendetti. "There has not been a situation. All the students of these parents who say they feel uncomfortable just about the fact that the student is allowed to go into the restrooms at the high school, into the stalls, they don’t believe that that’s appropriate, so that’s where it stems from. There has not been an incident of harassment, or anything that would cause any additional concern.”
According to Salon.com, the PJI quickly reworded its false claim:
After having its lie exposed, PJI issued a statement explaining that the very presence of a transgender teenager in the girls’ bathroom is “inherently intimidating and harassing,” and, in a separate statement, said the organization would be “standing by our allegations.”
The PJI has been circulating the Colorado story to get publicity and signatures for its online petition in hopes to garner 505,000 valid signatures by Nov. 12, 2013, which would stop California's transgender law until the state's residents vote on the law in November 2014.
The PJI refers to California's transgender law as the so-called "Bathroom Bill" because it allows transgendered students to pick the facility that they want to use.