Hercules Transgender Student Must Complete Conflict Program

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    A transgender teen who was charged with battery following a fight at her San Francisco Bay Area high school says she is hopeful the charge will be dismissed after she completes a conflict resolution program.

    The Contra Costa Times reports that a juvenile court judge on Thursday ordered 16-year-old Jewlyes Gutierrez to participate in the program.

    Gutierrez's case attracted the attention of advocacy groups, who questioned why she was the only student to face criminal penalties from the November brawl at Hercules High School in Contra Costa County.

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    Her attorney, Kaylie Simon, says the National Council on Crime & Delinquency will facilitate discussions between the students involved in the fight as part of the conflict resolution program.

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