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Transgender student attacked at Cal State Long Beach defends school

April 28, 2010 |  6:44 pm
A transgender student who was slashed at Cal State Long Beach said Wednesday that he supported the school's handling of the incident after it was criticized by some community groups for not quickly releasing information about the case. Transgender attack suspect

Colle Carpenter, a graduate student who was attacked April 15 in a campus bathroom, credited the university with the way it has investigated the incident.

"I’m aware the university has come under some criticisms regarding communications and response, in general," Carpenter said in a statement released by the school. "But again, I feel that the administration's response has been focused on the investigation and my wellbeing."

The slashing occurred about 9:30 p.m. after the attacker confronted Carpenter in the bathroom. The attacker pulled Carpenter's T-shirt over his shoulders and head and used a sharp object to slash his chest, university officials said.

The attacker fled and has not been arrested. School officials say the slashing was an isolated incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Johnny Leyva at (562) 985-4101.

--Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Likeness of attacker. Credit: Cal State Long Beach.