VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV/CNN) – A 13-year-old transgender student says a boy making fun of her at school punched her in the face twice, causing her nose to start bleeding.
Lindsey, 13, was born a boy but always identified as a girl. The middle school student says bullying and humiliation is something she deals with daily.
“It’s really, really heartbreaking because I want her only worries to be, ‘Does this lipstick go with my outfit?,’ like any other girl her age. I don’t want it to be, ‘Well, is today the day I get beat up, or is the teacher going to put me down in front of the class and make me humiliated?’” said Lindsey’s aunt, Leslie Goodnight.
The bullying recently reached a new, violent level, Lindsey says, when a boy punched her in the face twice in the school hallway.
“My nose was bleeding, and I was holding my nose… Our principal told me to just try to ignore it and don’t let it ruin my day,” Lindsey said.
Lindsey’s mother, Carrie, says she’s had enough.
“My heart started beating, and I started crying because I knew it was something serious because she had texted me, ‘Mom, a kid punched me in the face, and I think my nose is broken and it’s bleeding really bad,'” she said.
The school district says the student has been disciplined and that any form of harassment will not be tolerated.
Lindsey says she has also been disrespected by teachers at the school, who called her by her birth name.
The school district disputes the claim, saying substitute teachers have used Lindsey’s legal name on occasion when taking attendance because they didn’t know not to.
The family says they plan to transfer Lindsey to a different school.
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