A transgender cheerleader has been kicked out of cheer camp and criminally cited after allegedly choking a fellow teammate who reportedly made “transphobic” and racist remarks.
“Well guys I’m officially retired as a cheerleader as of last night at 5:30 AM. A girl on the team was being very disrespectful and told me I am a MAN with a PENIS and that [guys] should not be on the team,” Averie Chanel Medlock, the transgender cheerleader, wrote on Facebook last week as reported by Fox News.
“I stood up for myself and she called her mom and dad because she was scared because I [stood] up for myself. Her father said ‘she still has testosterone and a penis and I will kill anyone who comes after my daughter.’”
Police responded to the dispute at Ranger College, according to Facebook posts from two other team members, and the father of the girl Medlock is accused of attacking said his daughter called him in the middle of the night after locking herself in a room with other girls to get away from her irate teammate.
“I ask you what you would have done when receiving a phone call at 1 o’clock in the morning from your daughter stating they had locked themselves in the room with other girls,” Mike Jones, in his own Facebook post. “At no time did I ever say anything about your race or your gender.”
Jones is calling for police to release CCTV and bodycam footage of the incident to clear things up.
While Medlock claims the choking incident was merely a joke, a criminal citation for assault has been filed all the same.
Medlock was also removed from campus.
While high-profile transgender athletes like University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas have drawn national attention to concerns surrounding including male athletes in sports designated for females, it is an issue that has been facing many women’s and girl’s teams for years.
The Biden administration has pushed public facilities to allow transgender students access to bathroom facilities that correspond with their gender identity, and has notoriously tied school lunch funding to compliance with such policies in measures that could also theoretically force schools to allow male athletes to compete on women’s and girl’s teams.
A number of states have passed laws requiring that women’s and girl’s teams be made available for only female athletes, but other major organizations, like the NCAA and governing bodies for international sporting organizations
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