GoFundMe raises thousands so family of transgender student can leave town after online threats
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A GoFundMe has raised more than $25,000 to help the family of a 12-year-old transgender student move out of their Oklahoma town after she faced violent threats on Facebook.

The girl's mother, Brandy Rose, told NBC News that the family moved to Achille, Okla., several years ago from Sherman, Texas to give her transitioning daughter, Maddie, a fresh start at a new school.

However, Maddie soon faced online taunts and threats at the new middle school after she used the girls' bathroom, according to NBC.

The comments, made in a Facebook group for district parents, referred to Maddie as “it” and “thing,” and encouraged students to attack her.

"If he wants to be a female make him a female,” NBC reported one of the comments as saying, citing local affiliate KFOR. “A good sharp knife will do the job really quick."  


L Anne Babb, an Oklahoma City writer and journalist decided to start a GoFundMe campaign after reading about the incident on Twitter and contacting the Rose family.

“We have family in Houston that have been wanting us to move to them for years, but it has just never been a financial possibility,” Brandy Rose said, according to Babb’s GoFundMe description.

“We actually tried a few years ago, but it all just fell apart, and was a mess. If we had the financial means to actually move, and get set up there, close to our family, and in a city that has so many more resources for Maddie, it would literally be life changing!"

Babb initially set the goal at raising $10,000, according to NBC. But by Monday afternoon donations had reached more than $25,000 according to the GoFundMe page, with more than 1,000 people donating in just five days.