A transgender cheerleader was kicked out of a Texas cheerleading camp and given a criminal citation after allegedly choking a female teammate.
“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,” the cheerleader, Averie Chanel Medlock, wrote on Facebook last week. “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.’”
The incident took place at Ranger College, where Medlock alleges that a teammate made transphobic and racist remarks before the altercation. Cell phone video shows cheerleaders hiding in a room from an agitated Medlock.
The father of the girl who was choked was also called to the scene.
“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,” the father, Mike Jones, wrote on Facebook. “At no time did I ever say anything about your race or your gender.”
Medlock claims the physical confrontation with the other cheerleader was actually a joke, but police on the scene gave the former cheerleader a criminal citation for assault and removed Medlock from campus.
The incident comes as debate continues to rage about transgender participation in female athletics.
Controversy with former University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas led to 18 states passing legislation that bans or limits transgender participation to the athlete’s birth sex.