News broke last week that a transgender, biologically male cheerleader at Ranger College in Texas was accused of assaulting and choking a female cheerleading team member:
The accused, who goes by Averie Chanel Medlock, was kicked out of school for the incident, beaten up by gang members and expelled from the team.
Now, Medlock is denying the charge and saying only one side of the story was considered when the sanctions were handed down.
The New York Post was able to contact him, who said “there was no real catch,” and that he was “just trying to talk about it like an adult.”
The statement also explained that Medlock intends to sue the school for discrimination:
“This athlete said that he was escorted from the university and released from the Ranger College team. He is now planning to sue the school for discrimination and is currently looking for a lawyer.”
But the district attorney disputed his defense, saying he believed it was “definitely” an assault:
“Eastland County District Judge Brad Stephenson said there was an assault – but he believes the police handled the incident properly by issuing a citation similar to a speeding ticket or stop sign.
“Of course there was an assault and it could have been charged as a class A felony, but I think they charged it as a class C,” Stephenson told The Post Monday.
The suspect’s father went to the police after his daughter, Karleigh Jones, called to say she was choking. Medlock accused him of going up to the police, saying he was “just messing around” with Jones and that he “never did anything bad to Karleigh.”
According to the report, Karleigh’s father and other parents admitted that they were uncomfortable with Medlock being on campus because he is older than the other attendees and was born male.
Medlock’s denial is hard to believe because the local district attorney said there was a “real” attack.
In a video recorded by Medlock and shared by the Post, she admits that she “never touched” Karleigh, while the other girls admit that Jones was “scared:”
This contradicts what he told the Post, that there was “no flattery at all.”
Additionally, and not implying liability, all photos Medlock shares publicly are heavily edited or filtered. A photo previously shared on his Facebook shows a very different look than other photos circulated:
This attempt to hide his true appearance does not speak to true and genuine behavior.
This issue also raises concerns about how many cases arise from male birth attendants wanting to be placed in places that used to be reserved only for female birth attendants.
Whether Medlock identifies as a woman or not, there are significant physical differences that can cause heightened fear or anxiety in others who don’t share the same energy.
It remains to be seen whether he will be able to find a lawyer to investigate this case, but the lack of attention by many in the activist community to the problem of young women who are forced to share space with native men is causing confusion, confusion, and in this case, accusations of harm.