EASTLAND COUNTY, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Last week, a transgender cheerleader was kicked out of camp at Ranger College following allegations that she assaulted another camper. Parents say cheerleader choked camper in physical assault, but cheerleader says parents are uncomfortable with the fact that she is transgender and he doesn’t There was never a physical altercation, only a verbal disagreement on both sides.
What really happened at Ranger College? KTAB and KRBC spoke to cheerleader, Averie Satchell, parents of camper, identified only as Karleigh, parents of other campers who witnessed the incident, and obtained copies of the criminal citation filed , as well as a statement from the college.
Let’s unpack what has been found. . .
Averie’s side of the story:
This story started circulating when Averie posted her version of events on social media. She posted on the afternoon of July 22, less than a day after the incident.
In the post, Averie says, “a girl on the team was very disrespectful and told me that I’m a MAN with a PENIS and that guy shouldn’t be on the team and I fought back and she called her mom and dad because she was scared because I took my place.
Averie goes on to say that she never assaulted anyone and only yelled, so she doesn’t know why she is facing a felony citation.
Later that night, Averie posted a second post with a video. The video begins with Averie knocking on the door of the other camper involved in the assault incident, Karleigh. This video is after the alleged incident, and Averie is heard asking to come in and apologizing, but Karleigh says no. There are also other campers on the other side of the door in a dorm with Karleigh.
“If anyone has a problem, come and address it to my face like an adult,” Averie replies.
Some of the girls on the other side of the door then started saying things like ‘you’re a man’ and ‘you have a penis’.
The video then continues, and Averie can be heard referring to the alleged assault, saying she “barely touched Karleigh” and was only joking.
The girls inside the dorm responded to this, saying that Karleigh didn’t find it funny and that “she was terrified”.
One of Averie’s friends then defends her, telling the girls in the dorm that they “crossed a line”.
Averie ends the video by telling Karleigh, “There’s no beef between me and you. Sorry to upset you.
After the posts went viral, garnering tens of thousands of reactions, shares and comments on social media, Averie did a zoom interview with KTAB and KRBC to further explain what happened the night of the July 21.
She says there was an ongoing dispute between her and Karleigh, and after she went to apologize to Karleigh for the dispute the first time around (this was separate from the video posted on social media), Karleigh called her father and said Averie assaulted and choked her, so the father called the police.
The police and the father then arrived at the college. When Averie was first questioned by police, she says they asked her if she had gotten hold of Karleigh, and she told them no and clarified that she was only joking.
Averie says the officers, Karleigh, her father and her roommate, all talked for about an hour before the officers returned and told Averie she was going to receive a criminal citation.
Asked about the quote, Averie repeatedly said it was verbal abuse. However, KTAB and KRBC obtained a copy of the citation and learned that it was a misdemeanor citation for assault by physical contact, and a call to the Eastland County District Attorney’s office confirmed that it had been issued on allegations of unwanted touching.
After the citation was issued, Averie was kicked off Ranger College property and sent home to the Waco area.
Averie says no one at school, not even her cheer coach, got their side of the story after the alleged assault, and she’s upset and believes officers made the decision to expel her of the program based solely on what the father had to say.
“I was kicked off the team for speculation because of the father’s assumptions about what happened,” says Averie.
She goes on to explain that the whole college knew she was transgender and they were very welcoming of her before this incident. She says the staff even came to practices to show their support.
Nobody had a problem with her, according to Averie, until Karleigh and her father complained.
“They knew I was trans. They knew I was different from all the other girls. It was okay until her dad came along and made a scene,” Averie says.
In order to play as a woman in the Ranger College incentive program, Averie said she had to be legally classified as a woman in the state of Texas, which she was able to accomplish, with a name change. , in Travis County about a month. before the start of camp.
Averie also wanted to add that she saw no solid evidence of physical assault and that if she had choked Karleigh, she would have been arrested, not just cited, and Karleigh would have had visible injuries.
What Karleigh’s dad and other parents have to say:
When Averie’s allegations went viral on social media, Karleigh’s father also posted an article outlining his side of the story.
In his message, the father says: “I’m asking you what you would have done if you had received a call at 1am from your daughter saying that they had locked themselves in the room with other girls, after that person told you want to fight, and put their hands around my daughter’s neck.
He goes on to explain that he never said anything about Averie’s race or gender and that his problem is related to physical assault. He also alleges that the video posted by Averie was edited and does not show the full story.
KTAB and KRBC were able to get a few more short videos that give more context on what happened. One starts with the girls who were inside the dorm saying, “We have nothing against you, Averie” and they tell her to leave but she won’t.
In this video, Averie is also heard saying to the girls, “why did you call me a man”, “come outside and you just been a man”, “watch your back” and “outside of joy, I don’t *** with you all, so outside of today…don’t fuck with me and I won’t fuck with you”.
This video also documents Averie saying, “I was just joking with Karleigh. I never did anything mean with Karleigh.
Karleigh’s father declined to provide any additional information on the case beyond his statement on social media. He and the parents of other campers who witnessed the altercation declined to do an on-camera or taped interview.
However, other parents expressed that they were not comfortable with Averie being part of the team around their children because she is 25 and they think she is a man.
Ranger College statement and police quote:
Ranger College also released a brief statement on the matter, which reads: “Ranger College takes all allegations of this nature seriously and is committed to providing a learning environment free from discrimination. Currently, Ranger College is in compliance with all applicable Title IX regulations and board policies.
They also declined to give more information for an interview.
The only other documentation of the alleged assault, which again indicates that Averie was cited for assault by physical contact by the Ranger Police Department on July 22 at 4:30 a.m.
No further information has been released.