Mark Twain once sagely quipped, “If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.” The same advice might be extended in earnest to journalists who are outraged over reports of “hate crimes” against members the LGBTQ community. Just wait a day, and the crime will turn out to be a hoax.
Exhibit A is a story that ran in the San Jose Mercury News two days ago:
Parents, students and teachers were reeling Tuesday in the wake of a violent attack on a transgender student at Hercules Middle/High School.
The attack was the second altercation involving a transgender student on the campus this school year and came only days after an overwhelming teachers’ vote of no-confidence in the school’s principal, partially spurred by complaints of a lack of safety on campus that had led to fights and arrests.
In the latest incident, a 15-year-old transgender male student told police he was leaving the bathroom in the 300 building at around 11 a.m. when three boys pushed him inside a bathroom stall and physically and sexually assaulted him.
The article remains at the paper’s website. Now, however, it is preceded by an “editor’s note” that advises:
Late Tuesday afternoon, Hercules police said that the student who claimed he was attacked in a bathroom at Hercules High School had recanted his report and admitted that the incident was a fabrication.
There is a link to an updated story with the same dateline, this one appearing in the Contra Costa Times.