The mother of a teenage girl who was bullied in school and eventually sex-trafficked is suing her daughter's school district for withholding the information that the teenage student was identifying as a male at school.
Michelle Blair, the mother of Sage Blair, filed a lawsuit against the Appomattox County School Board and district staff, in addition to a Baltimore public defender for actions that she allege deprived her of properly parenting her child.
Blair now claims that her daughter was severely bullied in high school, which she was aware of - but alleges that the school district withheld information about why the bullying was happening. Sage had begun identifying as a boy at school.
The bullying, says Blair included 'verbal' and 'physical' assaults, but also included a constant barrage of 'threats of rape by the male classmates.'
'Despite this, the school encouraged her to use the boys' bathroom,' she said.
Blair previously informed the school that her daughter had a history of mental health issues, including depression, eating disorders, self-harm, and hallucinations.
Even with that information, however, the school opted to pursue a social transition for Sage behind the backs of her parents.