Woman arrested in front of her children for referring to a transgender woman as a man online
She was arrested on December 1 and till now, she does not have her cell phone or her laptop returned to her, which she says is getting in the way of her studies.
A mother was arrested in front of her own children and put in a jail cell for seven hours after she referred to a transgender woman as a man online. Three officers took 38-year-old Kate Scottow from her home before interviewing her at the police station about an argument she had with an activist on Twitter over the so-called "deadnaming" incident.
The mother from Hitchin, Hertfordshire had her photograph, DNA, and fingerprints taken and is still under investigation. She was arrested on December 1 and after more than two months, she still does not have her cell phone or her laptop returned to her, which she says is getting in the way of her studies for a Master in forensic technology, the Daily Mail reported.
Scottow, who was also served a court order that bans her from referring to Stephanie Hayden, her accuser, as a man, wrote on online forum Mumsnet claiming: "I was arrested in my home by three officers, with my autistic ten-year-old daughter and breastfed 20-month-old son present."
She claims: "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 ... I was arrested for harassment and malicious communications because I called someone out and misgendered them on Twitter." Hertfordshire Police also confirmed the arrest by saying: "We take all reports of malicious communication seriously."
Hayden had complained to authorities about Scottow and sent an injunction against her leading her to be arrested.
Court documents obtained by The Mail reveal that the mother was accused of a "campaign of targeted harassment" against Hayden that was allegedly motivated by her "status as a transgender woman". The papers also showed that a "toxic" debate continued online about plans to allow people to "self-ID" as any gender and this was allegedly when Scottow tweeted "defamatory" messages about Hayden. It was also alleged that the mother used two names to "harass, defame, and publish derogatory and defamatory tweets" about Hayden that included referring to her as a male, stating that she was "racist, xenophobic, and a crook" and mocking her as a "fake lawyer".
Scottow has denied all the claims and said that she holds a "genuine and reasonable belief" that a human "cannot, practically speaking, change sex" but Deputy Judge Jason Coppel QC issued an interim injunction against her that bans her from posting any personal information about Hayden on social media "referencing her as a man" or even linking her to her "former male identity".