“If he wants to be female make him a female. A good sharp knife will do the job really quick,” someone wrote. “Just tell the kids to kick ass in the bathroom and it won’t want to come back!!!” another person wrote. Achille Superintendent Rick Beene said the Facebook page where the threatening comments were posted, “Achille ISD Parent Group,” is not officially tied to the school district, and he said most of the people who participated in the threatening conversation do not reside in the district.
The twelve-year-old (not named) has identified as a girl since 2016. She had previously used the staff bathroom, but following renovations she struggled to find it and instead used the girls’ facilities. Her mother, Brandy Rose, said her daughter started at Achille two years ago and has only ever been known as a girl. “We had no problems when we first started,” Rose said. . “These are adults making threats—I don’t understand it. She’s an awesome kid. To see any fear in her, I can’t explain how bad that hurts me for them to hurt her,” she added. A small rally was held in support of the transgender girl on Tuesday morning. People picketed with signs reading “Love one another”, “#Love4Maddie” and “Bullying ain’t OK”. Classes began Aug. 8, but were canceled Monday and Tuesday after the sheriff started investigating and demonstrations were expected.