Drop charges against transgender teen defending herself!
Petition by Valerie Poquiz
This petition will be delivered to:
My sister, Jewlyes Gutierrez, is a 16 year old teenager, who identifies as a transgender female. She lives in Hercules, CA and goes to Hercules Middle High School. Her gender identity has caused her to be a victim of taunting, harassment, and bullying by her peers. During one particular incident, a peer even spit gum in her face. After repeated events of bullying by this peer, Jewlyes sought help from the assistant principal in fear of her physical safety. However, the issue was not properly addressed, no necessary action was taken by the administration. The bullying continued. On November 13, 2013, Jewlyes was pushed over the edge. Due to continued harassment, a fight ensued. Out of fear of physical violence, Jewlyes finally stood up for herself. Several girls who were tormenting my sister then physically attacked her. This was captured on video and shown on the news.
District Attorney Mr. Daniel Cabral recently made the decision to file charges against Jewlyes for battery. I believe Jewlyes should not be charged criminally. Rather, this altercation should be the responsibility of the school district, who should take proper action and implement the necessary resources to prevent incidents like these from happening again.
Violence towards transgender and queer youth is a serious problem. Recently in Oakland, CA, a transgender teen was lit on fire. What message is the District Attorney’s Office sending when they prosecute a transgender teen who school officials labeled as the victim in this incident? Sign this petition and tell District Attorney we are outraged by the decision to charge Jewlyes and that we hope the District Attorney uses his discretion to allow for a restorative and educational solution rather than the court system to deal with what happened at Hercules High School.
Please tell the District Attorneys Office that we want our tax dollars spent on teaching tolerance and on conflict resolution programs in schools, not on prosecuting youth who are in need of a safe learning environment.
If you would like to write your own personal letter to Mr. Cabral, you can do so in the following ways:
You can email Mr. Cabral at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can fax a letter to: 925-646-2566
You can mail a letter to: 900 Ward St. 1st Flr Martinez CA 94553
Daniel J. Cabral
Senior Deputy District Attorney
Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office