Keloni Grand said a group of boys from Melrose High School threatened to hurt and kill her on Jan. 28, Fox 13 Memphis reported. She said she walked away, but they followed her.
“They were saying the usual names,” Grand told the network. ‘You fag**t, you gay, you tr**ny. We ready to fight you. We ready to beat you, we are going to shoot you, we going to kill you.’”
She added that the boys tried to fight her when she was outside of the school talking to her friends. “I was like, ‘Why you always messing with me? Can’t you leave me alone?’”
Grand said the bullying intensified once she began transitioning from male to female in January. She said she filed complaints but nothing has been done.
“Sometimes, I think I should hide
Martavius Hampton, director of sexual health at LGBTQ advocacy group Out Memphis, told Fox 13 that LGBTQ students need a strong support system at schools.
“Want to make sure if someone makes a report or complaint that it’s followed through and it’s respected to make sure the student is safe or protected,” he said.
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.