Dad of cheerleader attacked by transgender teammate speaks outAugust 1, 2022
Father of teen cheerleader, 17, ‘choked out by transgender teammate’, 25, claims the attacker EDITED video where she confronted girls who had barricaded themselves in a locked room and is trying to ‘ruin’ their lives
- Mike Jones, father of a teenager allegedly attacked at cheer camp, says a video of the altercation between his daughter and her attacker was edited to fit a ‘narrative’
- Averie Chanel Medlock, 25, was booted from the Ranger College cheerleading camp and given a criminal assault by physical contact citation last week
- Medlock allegedly choked out a teammate, named Karleigh, who she said was making transphobic remarks that she shouldn’t be allowed on the team
- Medlock claimed she had only been joking with Karleigh and that she was targeted because of her race and gender
- Footage from the incident showed teammates telling Medlock she was a man, while Karleigh’s father, Mike Jones, insists there is footage of the assault
The father of a Texas teenage cheerleader allegedly attacked by a transgender teammate claims the video of the confrontation posted to social media was edited to fit the attacker’s ‘narrative.’
‘Can we get the full video not the edited version that fit your narrative!’ Mike Jones wrote in a July 26 heated Facebook post. ‘As we wait for these investigations to get over, I just wonder when this person will own up to their actions! And stop trying to ruin our lives!’
Averie Chanel Medlock, 25, posted a four-minute video on Facebook after she was kicked off the Ranger College cheerleading camp for allegedly choking out a 17-year-old teammate, only identified by her first name, Karleigh, who she says made transphobic remarks towards her.
The video shows Medlock and her posse hastily confronting a group of girls hiding behind a closed door for the duration of the recording. Jones claims this is only a peak of what really happened.
‘After the title IX investigation, I’m sure all the other videos will be released, which will also show that you posted in edited version to show your narrative,’ Jones wrote on Facebook.
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Mike Jones (pictured above with wife, Danielle), says a video of a 25-year-old cheerleader confronting his 17-year-old daughter, Karleigh, was edited to cut out his daughters attack
Averie Chanel Medlock, 25, was booted from the Ranger College cheerleading camp and given a criminal assault by physical contact citation last week. She is accused of choking a 17-year-old teammate that she says made gender remarks against her
Medlock posted a four-minute video of the incident on Facebook in attempt to claim her innocence
This is a subtitled grab from a video shot by Medlock after the choking incident, which saw her confront Karleigh and her friends from the other side of a door
‘I need to say something,’ Medlock can be heard saying in the video as she knocked on a door. ‘Why can’t I say it in front of y’all? What are you afraid of?’
Medlock posted the video of the incident along with the caption, ‘This is video evidence that I did not assault her… Her father is going around saying that I choked her out and made her pass out clearly I couldn’t even get into the room to even touch her.’
Meanwhile, Jones claims the family is waiting for security cam footage to be released to show the extent of the altercation. He claims Medlock cut out the physical attack from the video. He also said Medlock previously said she was just playing with his daughter – therefore admitting to being physical.
‘I ask what you would have done when receiving a phone call at 1 o’clock in the morning from your daughter stating they had locked themselves in the room with other girls, after this person said You want to fight, and proceeded to put their hands around my daughters neck,’ Jones wrote on Facebook.
Jones (pictured above) says he received a call at 1 a.m. from his daughter claiming they had locked themselves in a room with other girls as another person attempted to fight them
Jones claims there is more to the story than what Medlock posted in the four-minute Instagram photo and he is requesting security footage to show the extent of the incident
In the video, Medlock can be heard talking to the group of girls that were hiding away while the only words that peaked through the door were, ‘You’re a man,’ and ‘You have a penis.’
Medlock can be heard saying, ‘If anyone has a problem, come address it to my face like an adult.’ She can be then heard adding that ‘I barely touched Karleigh’ and that she was ‘only joking.’
The claim by Medlock contradicts a Facebook claim Medlock made that she didn’t assault the 17-year-old.
The girls stayed behind the door until Medlock concluded: ‘There’s no beef between me in you. Sorry to upset you and make you feel scared and feel terrified. I’d never want to do that to you. But anyways, don’t f*** with me, I won’t f*** with you. Have a goodnight.’
Medlock received a criminal assault by physical contact citation after she allegedly physically attacked the 17-year-old
Medlock allegedly choked out a teammate named Karleigh who she said was making transphobic remarks that she shouldn’t be allowed on the team
Medlock received a criminal assault by physical contact citation last week after she allegedly attacked Karleigh.
Karleigh and other teammates say they locked themselves in a locker room to hide from Medlock, who says she was mocked for her gender and was called a ‘man with a penis.’
Medlock was escorted from the campus after police arrived with Karleigh’s father, Mike Jones.
‘I have to ask when a person like this cries wolf whether it be race, gender, sexual assault or anybody that truly needs their voice heard where does that leave them!’
Throughout the four-minute video, Medlock can be heard talking at the girls who remain unheard for the majority of the audio. The only words heard from the other side of the door is a female voice shouting, ‘You’re a man!’
In the video, Medlock didn’t appear to get physical. The video began and ended with her other teammates hiding behind a door. She claims that is all that happened
‘Well guys I’m officially retired as a cheerleader as of last night at 5:30 AM,’ Medlock wrote in a Facebook post, which she shared last week, ‘A girl on the team was being very disrespectful and told me I am a MAN with a PENIS and that [guys] should not be on the team.’
‘I stood up for myself and she called her mom and dad because she was scared because I [stood] up for myself. Her father said ‘she still has testosterone and a penis and I will kill anyone who comes after my daughter.”
The post by Medlock has since been deleted.
Medlock posted a video on her Facebook where she can be heard talking to teammates – albeit angrily – which she said proved she had not been physically violent during the argument. In the video she says anything she did to Karleigh was just a joke
Speaking to KTAB and KRBC, Medlock insisted the problems were started by Jones and Karleigh and that she was being targeted because of her gender.
‘They knew that I was trans. They knew that I was different from all the other girls. It wasn’t a big deal until her dad came up there and made a scene,’ she said.
‘I was kicked off the team for assumptions because of the dad’s assumptions of what happened.’
The outlet noted that throughout their conversation with Medlock she repeatedly claimed the citation she received was only for assault, yet a copy of the citation and a call to the Eastland County District Attorney’s Office revealed it was for unwanted touching.
In the video of the altercation Medlock posted – which consists mostly of audio – the cheerleader can be heard telling off teammates behind a closed door for their transphobic comments.
She can also be heard telling the teammates that she ‘barely touched’ Karleigh and insisting any contact was merely a joke.
‘B***h come outside then,’ Medlock tells one of them women locked in the room.
‘You’re a man,’ the woman responds. When Medlock responds that she is a girl, the woman in the room says ‘You have a penis.’
The assault citation issued to Medlock on the night of the incident. It cited her for ‘assault by physical contact’
In a statement, Ranger College said the school was opening a Title IX investigation into the incident
Ranger College said the school was opening a Title IX investigation into the incident, saying that it ‘takes all allegations of this nature seriously and is committed to providing a learning environment free from discrimination.
‘At this time, Ranger College is following all applicable Title IX regulations and Board Policies,’ the school said.
News of the debacle comes as the place of transgender people in sports has been hotly debated across the country after UPenn swimmer Lia Thomas smashed swimming records to win the NCAA Division 1 women’s national championship.
Thomas was born as a male and competed on the UPenn mens’ swim team from 2017 to 2020, but transitioned and began competing – and racking up medals – with the womens’ team in 2021.
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