A 38-year-old British mother of two was arrested and detained for several hours after calling a transgender woman a man on social media. She remains under investigation.
Kate Scottow of Hitchin, Hertfordshire, was arrested and detained by three officers, who took her photograph, DNA and fingerprints and confiscated her mobile phone and laptop.
Although the incident took place on Dec. 1 of last year, Scottow remains under investigation and was served with a court order banning her from calling the transgender individual a man online.
“I was then detained for seven hours in a cell with no sanitary products (which I said I needed) before being interviewed then later released under investigation,” stated Scottow on the online forum Mumsnet, as reported by the Daily Mail last weekend.
“I was arrested for harassment and malicious communications because I called someone out and misgendered them on Twitter.”
Hertfordshire Police confirmed the arrest in a statement to the Daily Mail, saying that they “take all reports of malicious communication seriously.”
Stephanie Hayden, a lawyer and transgender individual, filed a complaint against Scottow, accusing the mother of “deadnaming” Hayden, which is a term that means referring to a transgender person by their former name.
According to court papers, Scottow was accused of posting “defamatory” tweets on the social media outlet and for referring to Hayden not only as male but also as a “racist, xenophobic and a crook.”
For her part, Scottow has denied harassing Hayden, adding that she holds a “genuine and reasonable belief” that an individual “cannot, practically speaking, change sex.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski