Disturbing footage posted to social media shows a fight breaking out at a Brazilian school allegedly after a girl confronted a trans-identified male in the women's bathroom.
A newly-posted recording uploaded to Twitter from inside a Brazilian public school caught a violent scene breaking out between a trans-identified male student and a young female. The male can be seen pulling the girl from the women's restroom by her hair and throwing her to the floor where he begins to thrash and kick her repeatedly.
The fight purportedly broke out after the girl expressed discomfort with the male's presence in the women's restroom.
The violence continues until a student in red shorts steps in and pulls the trans-identified male off of the girl, who quickly gets up and begins yelling "você não é mulher!" – or, "you are not a woman!"
The trans-identified male attempts to charge at the girl once again, but the student in red shorts continues to keep him at bay.
The footage, which has almost 500,000 views across all uploads as of this publishing, has ignited a wildfire of concern across Brazilian social media.
Sabrina Campos, a columnist with Brazil's Jornal DR1, wrote in response: "What is evident to me is that a thin transvestite with the physical appearance of strength similar to the girl's [still] demonstrated ease in [beating] her with a force so superior that only one boy student managed to stop [him]."
André Porciuncula, Brazil's National Secretary for the Incentive and Promotion of Culture, wrote "Encouraging this kind of madness will generate many serious problems. No woman can be forced to share a bathroom with a man."
There has been a recent push in Brazil to advance legislation that would impose significant fines upon institutions and companies who do not have inclusive unisex washrooms.
Last month, Brazilian celebrity Joana Prado called attention to the issue when she posted an Instagram video expressing concerns about unisex washrooms during a stay in the United States. She posted the video after encountering a male in a women's washroom she and her young daughter had gone to use in a shopping mall.
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