Video shows 13-year-old trans teen being slammed to the ground as other students appear to watch

Video shows 13-year-old trans teen being slammed to the ground as other students appear to watch.

5/26/2021 11:59:00 PM

Video shows 13-year-old trans teen being slammed to the ground as other students appear to watch.

After the violent encounter, Chad Sanford suffered several headaches and had suicidal thoughts, a family member said.

/May 26, 2021, 7:05 PM UTCByandMatteo MoschellaA 13-year-old transgender teen was slammed to the ground in the hallway of her middle school in Florida as other students appeared to watch without coming to her aid, video of the incident showed.Chad Sanford, a sixth grade student, told NBC News on Wednesday that she was walking down the hallway of Deerfield Beach Middle School at the end of the school day when an older student started following her.

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“I was scared for my life,” Sanford said.The incident occurred about 2:30 p.m. ET on Friday at the Deerfield Beach Middle School, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office confirmed in a statement. It was unclear if authorities were investigating it as a hate crime.

In a video captured by a classmate, Sanford can be seen being picked up by a student and thrown to the ground in her school’s hallway as others appear to watch the scene unfold. The video appeared to show students surrounding Sanford as she was on the ground in a fetal position.

Attempts to reach the student who filmed the incident were unsuccessful Wednesday. NBC News has not been able to confirm what happened before the video started.Sanford said only one student offered to help as she was taken to the principal’s office to report the incident.

Raquel Showers, Sanford’s aunt, said her niece suffered several headaches after the incident, adding that the damage on her mental health was more severe.The violent encounter was a breaking point, she said, causing her to have suicidal thoughts.“I just kept thinking, ‘Why should I be here? Why are you beating me up for being myself?’” she said. “He put me through hell.”

The Broward County Public Schools and Deerfield Beach Middle School did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.A Broward County Public Schools spokesperson toldNBC Miamiin a statement that the administration would review the incident.

"The school’s leadership is taking this incident seriously and is working with law enforcement in its investigation,” the school district said in a statement. “Any students involved will face appropriate school disciplinary consequences in accordance with the codebook for student conduct."

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It was unclear if the student who physically and allegedly verbally harassed Sanford or the students who appeared to watch the incident would face any consequences.Sanford said she has been bullied since last January. She added that she was most disappointed by the actions, or the lack thereof, of her school.

“They didn’t do anything,” she said. “I wish they, or anyone, did something.” Read more: NBC News »

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This is the first time a child has ever been bullied by their peers. Truly newsworthy. Thanks This is what GOP’s insanely cruel anti-trans laws do to these poor kids. As if they don’t have enough trauma in their life to deal with…the mean-spirited laws only make ‘em more of a target. +Sports thing is absurd. Kids play sports for fun & friends. It’s not pro sports. ffs

Maybe you should’ve got this poor boy mental health help instead of appeasing the disorder That's because 'school' (short circuit hole) is where the boys reverse her current and she bleeds 40 years. The fact 10% are infected by pregnancy before their 13 year sentence is complete and 100% bleed for 40 years by the age of 10, IS ENOUGH REASON FOR ALL GIRL SCHOOLS.

I’ll never understand people who take issue with others for just trying to live their lives in a way that makes them happier. Her choice to live her life this way has nothing to do with you. It doesn’t affect or concern you. Don’t selfishly make it about you. Live and let live. The fucked up thing is that in many Republican states, the laws on the books are so hateful that LGBT kids can’t even go to a school counselor or teacher to report their bullying for fear of being outed to their parents. Your vote matters, folks.

Methinks they learned that at home.. How come we cannot all just be kind to one another? What is so hard about focusing on your life while accepting everyone lives different lives and deserves their freedom to be themselves? Be kind. It is not hard. Why? so sad :( Cowards with hoods attack a much smaller child... nothing will happen more than a slap on the wrist.

Hey school! Here's how you respond to that bully: quickly, concisely, and to the full extent that the law would allow if it happened out on the street somewhere -- JAIL! NOT: 'boys will be boys', not JUST detention, suspension, or a 'good talking to'. ➡️JAIL. That it just so sad humanity is so small Not slammed, tripped. This is what you get when you want to indulge yourself. No common sense.

Ronilj261 Wow...can't a human being be a human being? Not in Florida it seems! All this,$it is a result of having a potus for the last 4 years that has made bad behavior honorable,if that's possible and hate the norm. America needs JESUS. No excuse! This is a human being! 🤦‍♀️🤬😡 Stop the hate.....please!

I guess DJT's imprint on our country will be w/us for awhile. 😪😪😪 That's what wrong with this country of ours, it's filled with bullies who are scared of others not like themselves. I feel like shit happens to many kids trans or not. Bullying is wrong and kids are mean but it is a fact of life. It should not happen to anyone. This is not a trans hate issue

I am not for Under age Trans humans at all,I also know those same Humans Have God in their Hearts and hurting another Human in this way is Evil to ones Heart.Change Will Come...🙏

This is what happens when government normalizes marginalization and discrimination of trans folks. I didn't REALLY have to check, but I did anyway. Yup, a red state. Florida. The worst of the worst. That boy sweet 😂 Even non trans people get beat up This is so ridiculous you are just trying to proof that other students were guilty I'm in high school and know 1person is not responsible for this type of fights...

Wonder why this isn’t a head line trending story?🤔 no violence cos it has no justification in law NBC, rule 1 for transgender stories... for the rest of us simple folks, can you tell us if this is a girl who wants to be a boy, a boy who wants to be a girl, etc? Context here is everything. Without explaining which direction this is going, it's harder to understand reactions.

😣 they just want to record something they can post to worldstar 😞don’t like how this generation thinks sad Florida, Texas.. they gave no regard for human life.

I will admit, I feel zero regret in wanting the same done to the one that did this. Fuck them. This video and the fact that there are 13 year old trans kids is sickening Had he been normal and been attacked you wouldn’t care. School kids are never going to change... somebody is always going to be bullied... especially when our elected leaders do it on a regular basis..

What is wrong with people?!? Unfortunately, trans or not. Shit like that happens in our schools every day. Too many failing parents that should have been sterilized long ago. It's the Harris/Biden America! That’s so inhuman! We may not agree with transgendering but we must respect people! 🙏🏽 It's just not right. Personally I could care less about what ppl want to do with their lives as long as it doesn't interfere with mine. However, it is just wrong to harm ppl for what they believe in doing.