'There's nothing political, it's wrong or right': Mother of Kalama assault victim urges change

The victim, who identifies as transgender, started an LGBTQ club at Kalama High School. Their mom believes that made them a target.

KALAMA, Wash. — The mother of a transgender teen beaten in an alleged hate crime at Kalama High School earlier this month is calling for change, hoping that it will help to prevent similar acts in the future.

Natasha Wheeler wants everyone to know what happened to her 17-year-old child, Jesse, a student at Kalama High School.

“It was a planned attack,” said Wheeler. “[Jesse’s] face was completely swollen from the impact. Black eye. Lumps on the head.”

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