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Trans Kid Raises 17K to Relocate After School Bullying


She recieved threats on Facebook from parents of classmates.

Although we all thought Melania Trump's campaign would for sure put a stop to it, bullying remains an issue in schools across the country, especially for queer children. And when no one puts a stop to it, it's up to the bullied child's parents to decide on the best action.

Maddie is a 12-year-old trans girl who recently relocated with her family from Sherman, Texas to Achille, Oklahoma after facing bullying from her peers. Her mother, Brandy Rose says Maddie was "taunted to commit suicide and assaulted in the bathroom." She was made to use the staff bathroom for two years.

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But on her first day at her school in Achille, she didn't know where the staff bathroom was. After using the girls' bathroom, she gained unwanted attention from local parents who took to a private Facebook group, Achille ISD Parents Group, with complaints and threats. When screenshots of their posts were made public, Rose filed a restraining order against Burney Crenshaw, who was identified as the ringleader of the adult bullies.

Shocking comments called from these adults called for violence against Maddie.

"If he wants to be a female make him a female. A good sharp knife will do the job really quick," posted Eddie Belcher.

Kevin Bickerstaff posted, "Just tell the kids to kick ass in the bathroom and it won't want to come back!!"

Thanks to the kindness of a stranger who read Maddie's story, a GoFundMe was set up to help her family relocated once again. Rose expressed interest in moving to Houston if they could raise the money.

"We have family in Houston that have been wanting us to move to them for years, but it has just never been a financial possibility," she said. "We actually tried a few years ago, but it all just fell apart and was a mess. If we had the financial means to actually move, and get set up there, close to our family, and in a city that has so many more resources for Maddie, it would literally be life changing!"

In only a day, the campaign surpassed its goal of $15,000, raising over $17,000 to help Maddie and her family get to Houston. The campaign is still open for donations.

"Thank you so unbelievably much," Rose said in response to the campaign. "I hope everyone who's donated knows how much y'all have changed our lives! Not just by helping us move, but just the show of love and support has meant so much, it's overwhelming!"

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