LGBTQ rally held after Minnesota high school attack on transgender teen (includes video story)

A 17-year-old is recovering from major injuries after what police are investigating as a potential hate crime in a Minneapolis suburb. 

Cobalt Sovereign, 17-year-old, had an altercation in the restroom after another student allegedly used a homophobic slur and the altercation at Hopkins High School. This led to Sovereign, who is a transgender girl, getting punched in the face. 

Sovereign had to go to the hospital Thursday where she had surgery after her jaw was broken in multiple places. 

Hundreds of students from Hopkins Schools are showing up frustrated as they claim school is supposed to be their safe place. 

Crystal Ballard, principal, says “It’s important to remember this is still an active investigation and the incident has not yet been officially deemed hate crime.”

She also mentions “Hopkins Public School works to create safe spaces for LGBTQ families, staff and students.”

Gabriela Jelisse Fuentes Villafañe was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She moved to the United States when she was 12 years old. She is currently majoring in Broadcast Journalism, concentrating in Spanish. She hopes to be part of big Latino TV channels like Univision or Telemundo.