Transgender Student Recants Story Of Being Sexually Assaulted In School Bathroom

Police say the 15-year-old California student, who reported being sexually assaulted by three male students, confessed to making up his story.

Charles Ramsey, president of the West Contra Costa school board, stands outside of the boys bathroom where police were investigating reports of an assault on a transgender teen at the Hercules Middle-High School campus on March 4. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

The transgender teen who reported he was sexually assaulted in a California school bathroom has admitted to lying about the story, police said Tuesday.

The student, who has not been named, told authorities that he went into the boys restroom in the Hercules Middle-High School Monday around 11 a.m. and was physically and sexually assaulted by three other male students while trying to leave.

The teen went to a nurse at the student health center after the alleged attack and then to a hospital, where a rape kit was administered. The 15-year-old never identified his attackers by name, but police said they were looking for three males between the ages of 16 and 17.

Students cross the street toward the Hercules Middle-High School campus in Hercules, Calif., on March 4. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

Officers questioned several people on campus Monday, but by Tuesday Hercules Police said they were unable to verify the victim’s report.

“As the investigation continued officers were unable to substantiate the facts of the victim’s statement; including the time frame of the incident, and the lack of physical injuries to the victim’s head, face and hands,” according to a statement released by officials Tuesday.

After being unable to verify certain facts, the 15-year-old admitted to lying about the story, police said. The case is now closed and investigators will consider whether to press charges against the student for making up the report.

A disabled toilet stall is shown in the boys bathroom where police were investigating reports of an assault at the Hercules Middle-High School campus on Mar. 4. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

The school was in compliance with a controversial California law, enacted two months ago, which says students may choose to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.

A transgender student was involved in a fight four months ago outside Hercules High School, police said. That incident is being investigated as a hate crime.

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Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.
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