TW: Hate crimes, gender-based violence, homophobia/transphobia
An agender teenager in California is recovering after a vicious hate crime by another student.
18-year-old Sasha Fleischman had fallen asleep riding the bus home, and a 16-year-old high school student set fire to the skirt they were wearing. They tried to put the fire out alone but needed help from other passengers.
NBC Bay Area reports that the teen suspect was arrested Nov. 5 on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and mayhem. He may face additional charges, but officials did not disclose whether or not the incident would be investigated as a hate crime, according to that report.
"This is a horrific crime," police spokeswoman Johnna Watson is quoted as saying. "Anyone who thinks it’s OK to light another human being on fire is not OK."
A fundraising page, “Helping Sasha Have A Speedy Recovery,” was set up by a family member in an effort to raise $20,000 towards Fleischman’s medical bills.
Oof. What a terrifying experience. Thoughts going out to Sasha for a quick and peaceful recovery.