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DA urged to drop criminal charges against transgender teen
HERCULES, Calif. (KGO) -- The Contra Costa County district attorney is facing increasing pressure from activists to drop the charges against a transgender teenager who claims she acted in self-defense when she attacked another student who had been bullying her.
Jewlyes Gutierrez admits to starting a fight that was captured on cellphone video last November at Hercules High School.
A petition drive started by her family on change.org now has more than 122,000 signatures and a coalition of community groups has sent a letter to the district attorney urging him to drop criminal charges.
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