Bullied Calif. Trans Student Charged With Battery
A transgender high school student from Hercules, Calif., which is about 10 miles north of Berkeley, was recently charged with battery for a November fight, despite claims that incident was a provoked as a result of bullying against the trans student, ABC’s San Francisco affiliate station KGO-TV reports.
Officials from Hercules High School’s school district plan to meet to discuss the fight that broke out between 16-year-old Jewyles Gutierrez, who is transgender, and another female student.
"She spit gum in her hand and it was full of saliva and threw it in my face," Gutierrez told KGO-TV. She added that she could charge the student that bullied her with battery, but instead, the student has charged Gutierrez with a misdemeanor battery.
"That’s why I’m so confused why this is happening," Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez said she started the fight because she was being bullied for being transgender.
"It comes to a point where you can’t take it anymore," she said.
According to San Francisco’s KRON 4’s Dec. 2 report, the fight in question involved three female students and Gutierrez.
At the time, Gutierrez said she was "just sticking up for myself" and that she feels "unsafe."