A track-and-field event at Kelowna’s Apple Bowl took a distressing turn when a child participating in the forth grade shot-put final became the target of anti-trans abuse.
An Unfortunate Incident
The parents of the young athlete, who wish to remain anonymous, reported that the grandfather of another participant said derogatory comments toward their daughter, questioning her right to compete based on her gender.
An Old Man Shouted Anti-trans Comments
During the shot-put event, the grandfather allegedly shouted at the child, questioning why boys were allowed to compete in what he perceived as a girls’ event.
The Parents Tried to Clarify Their Daughter’s Gender
The parents clarified that their daughter is cisgender, born female, and uses she/her pronouns.
Her Parents Further Emphasized
They described her appearance, including her pixie haircut, to emphasize her gender identity.
Things Took a Turn
The situation escalated when the man demanded gender certification, disrupting the event and targeting another girl with short hair, saying that she must be transgender too.
False Accusations and Personal Attacks
The child’s parents reported being subjected to derogatory comments, including false accusations and personal attacks.
The Situation Was Controlled
The situation came under control when security removed the man from the grounds.
The Incident Traumatized the Little Girl
The parents said that the incident had a devastating impact on their child’s confidence and emotional well-being.
They shared that their daughter was inconsolable throughout the event and continued to feel distressed even after it had ended.
It Hindered Her Performance
The verbal assault hindered her ability to concentrate on her track-and-field finals, which she had previously qualified for.
The School Took the Necessary Actions
The Central Okanagan school district superintendent, Kevin Kaardal, swiftly condemned the incident, deeming it “totally unacceptable.”
She mentioned that steps are being taken to ban the perpetrator from all school-related events.
They Emphasize Responsible Adult Behavior in School and Community
Kaardal emphasized the importance of adults governing themselves and behaving appropriately, reinforcing the need for respectful conduct within school and community settings.
The school district has not yet disclosed the identity of the individual involved.
Now a Little Girl Can’t Have a Short Cut?!
Several Reddit and Twitter users shared their thoughts regarding the situation.
One Reddit user wrote, “Oh look, exactly what we’ve been warning about from the start: transphobia puts cis women and girls under more scrutiny and hurts them too. Now a little girl can’t have short hair without being harassed.”
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Source: The Pink News