On March 3, a transgender student at a California middle school claimed he was attacked, beaten, and sexually molested by other students in a school bathroom. Only a day later the student admitted that the claimed attack never happened.
The 15-year-old student, who identifies as a boy, claimed that he was attacked by other male students in a bathroom at Hercules Middle High School in Hercules, California. The student said that he was beaten and sexually molested.
District officials and police immediately jumped to investigate the claimed incident as a hate crime, but it was quickly discovered that the student showed no evidence of being beaten after an exam by a hospital.
The student ultimately admitted that the attack never occurred.
This incident joins a rash of hate crime hoaxes that have made national news in the last year.