Sasha Fleischman: Father of Teen Lit on Fire Writes an Open Letter to the Public

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via Huffington Post
Karl and Sasha
Karl Fleischman, the father of the Oakland teen who was set on fire after dozing off on a city bus, has spoken.

The older Fleischman penned a very heartfelt letter to the Sequoia Elementary School community where he is a kindergarten teacher, thanking everyone for the money they raised and for rallying behind his badly wounded son who identifies as agender, meaning Sasha does not identify as male or female.

More importantly, he asked that parents take the time to talk to their kids about what happened that tragic evening of Nov. 5 -- and the consequences of it.

Sasha fell asleep while riding home on the 57-line in Oakland when the 18-year-old's skirt was lit on fire. The blaze spread to Sasha's legs, leaving second and third-degree burns. Police later arrested Richard Thomas, an Oakland High School student, on suspicion of assault; police said the bus surveillance footage led them to Thomas who then confessed that he lit Sasha on fire because the teen appeared to be male, but was wearing a skirt.

Thomas has since been charged with a hate crime.

Sasha, a senior at Maybeck High School in Berkeley, has received multiple skin grafting surgeries and is expected to recover within time, according to Karl Fleischman.

Read the full letter from his father below:

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H/T: Huffington Post






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Gregor94
Gregor94

I for one, do not condone attacking people because they are abnormal, but the parents are not living in the real world.  To allow or encourage a minor/male, supposedly under your control, to go out in public wearing a kilt is stupid.  This be yourself philosophy is in total disregard to the child's safety.  Our society is a dangerous place and there's no reason to incite the many predators among us.  The parents used bad judgement.  Concerning the attacker, I hope he's tried as an adult and he gets what's coming to him.

Mandy Trumbull
Mandy Trumbull

Beautifully expressed and such loving parenting.

Carlos F. Toledo
Carlos F. Toledo

I wish I could have ⅛ of the compassion and grace this father has; especially when a loved one is hurt.

jalison
jalison

Would you please correct your articles regarding Sasha Fleischman to reflect their true gender identity (which is agender).

In an open letter from Sasha's father:

"The fact is that Sasha self-identifies as 'agender' and prefers the pronouns 'they,' 'them,' and 'their' when people refer to Sasha in the third person."

Seems pretty clear cut to me that you should stop referring to Sasha with male pronouns and calling them a "son".

Thanks!

Vanessa Solis
Vanessa Solis

I've taken that bus. This is so sad and I hope Sasha recoveries as best as he can.

Tam Taylor-Jones
Tam Taylor-Jones

WOW that father shows such compassion & grace in the face of their tragedy. I'm impressed.

bdsl1
bdsl1

Beautiful and thoughtful perspective. Sounds like a great dad.

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