Achille ISD parents threaten to harm transgender student in Facebook posts

Published: Aug. 12, 2018 at 7:46 PM CDT
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Comments left on an Achille ISD parents Facebook page have garnered national attention after several parents made threats to harm a 12-year-old student.

It all started when a 12-year-old transgender girl in Achille used the girls' restroom on Thursday-- her first day of seventh grade.

The 12-year-old's mother Brandy did not want to go on camera Sunday, but she tells us her daughter Maddie has identified as a girl the whole time she's been attending Achille schools-- starting in 5th grade.

Brandy said Maddie usually uses the staff bathroom, but was confused on her first day at the new elementary school so she used the girl's restroom.

Parent Jamie Crenshaw found out and took to social media on the private Achille ISD Parents Group, which has since been deleted.

"Basically talking about how she shouldn't be allowed to co-exist or use the female restroom," said local Darius Douglas.

Parents referred to Maddie as "maggot," "thing," and "it," saying those were the "perfect names" to describe her.

Some said a "good sharp knife" and being beaten in the bathroom would be the solution.

"It turned from concerns to violent threats made by not children, but adults who have children of their own," Douglas said.

Douglas joined the Facebook group after a friend sent him screenshots and tried to stop the violent comments on the post.

He said the situation is sickening.

"I know if someone called me an 'it,' it would bother me."

Maddie's mom Brandy said the threats have made her so afraid that her kids no longer sleep at their house at night.

She filed a restraining order Friday against Burney Crenshaw, the husband of the woman who initially made the post, and one of the people suggesting and encouraging violence toward Maddie.

Meanwhile, the threats have gathered statewide and national attention.

Sara Cunningham and her pro-LGBTQ group "Free Mom Hugs" wrote a letter offering resources and guidance to Achille ISD.

"I'm an Oklahoma mom saying enough is enough," Cunningham said.

Achille ISD superintendent Rick Beene said they're in contact with the sheriff's office and city officials to stop anything like this from happening in the future.

They tell us they support Maddie and that they can't control what happens on social media.

"There is support for everyone who thinks this is an injustice," Douglas said.

UPDATE: Achille ISD has chosen to close school until Wednesday for safety precautions

A protest is being held this week. KXII will update the story when more information is available.