Vermont governor candidate Christine Hallquist comments on transgender hate in Oklahoma
Christine Hallquist, the first transgender candidate for governor, has shown her support for Oklahoma 12-year-old transgender student, Maddie who was cyber bullied and threatened by a group of parents on Facebook.
The Vermont gubernatorial nominee spoke against the horrible comments referring to Maddie as a “thing,” “it” and “he.”
Hallquist told ABC News, “I am seriously troubled by the news of fellow parents threatening to harm a child – there’s no excuse for this and I hope that my campaign for governor of Vermont will raise awareness of the justice that we must pursue in all marginalized communities.”
“My heart goes out to this young woman and her family,” Hallquist added.
Last week the 7th grader received threats and abuse because she used the girl’s bathroom.
As a result of the abuse, according to Pink News, the Achille school was shut down for two days, so officials could maintain the situation.
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In a report by Associated Press, on August 16 the Oklahoma School for the Deaf was also forced to close and postpone classes because of a threatening phone call.
A spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services says officials believe Thursday’s threat to the school is related to the threats against Maddie.
School for the Deaf, which is around 60 miles south of the 12-year-old’s school, called Sulphur police and the FBI.
Spokeswoman Jody Harlan said the call threatened “grave danger” against an employee.
According to Pink News, officials for the School for the Deaf believe a family member of the employee in question was a part of the Facebook group cyber bullying Maddie.
Maddie’s mother, Brandy Rose said Maddie and her siblings went to stay with family members because they were scared.
She said: “Even when Maddie returned home she was too scared to sleep alone, she slept with us.
“To see her be afraid really broke my heart because Maddie’s not afraid of stuff, she lets things roll off her shoulders.
Classes resumed Wednesday for Maddie and her mother said she is happy to start the school year.
“There’s a lot more love than hate and that seems to help her to be less fearful now, she’s excited to be back at school.”
LGBT activists laid the blame for the incident at the door of Republican leaders who have stoked fears about transgender people in bathrooms.
Ellen Kahn, Director of the HRC Foundation’s Children, Youth and Families Programs, said: “The hateful and violent rhetoric of these adults is despicable, disgusting and completely dehumanizing.
“No student should face threats of violence or harassment from anyone in their school community, let alone from their peers’ parents."
Information provided by ABC News, Pink News and Associated Press.
The Gayly. 8/17/2018 @ 11:25 a.m. CST.