Man Chokes 8-Year-Old Girl In Public Restroom: Will Media Ignore?

From Newsbusters.org, by Jeffrey Lord

You have to be amazed at the way the media elite decides what is “news” and what is “not news.”

Here’s the Associated Press on the Obama administration’s edict to schools across the land about transgenders in bathrooms:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Public schools must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity, according to an Obama administration directive issued amid a court fight between the federal government and North Carolina.

The guidance from leaders at the departments of Education and Justice says public schools are obligated to treat transgender students in a way that matches their gender identity, even if their education records or identity documents indicate a different sex.

“There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement accompanying the directive, which is being sent to school districts Friday.

In issuing the guidance, the Obama administration is wading anew into a socially divisive debate it has bluntly cast in terms of civil rights. The Justice Department on Monday sued North Carolina over a bathroom access law that it said violates the rights of transgender people, a measure that Lynch likened to policies of racial segregation and efforts to deny gay couples the right to marry.”

While Americans were still digesting this nugget, the Chicago Tribune headlined: “Man accused of choking girl, 8, in restroom of South Loop store.” Reported the Trib:

A West Town man is accused of choking an 8-year-old girl until she passed out inside a bathroom of a store in the South Loop neighborhood last weekend.

The girl was inside a store in the 1200 block of South Canal Street with her mother around 1:15 p.m. Saturday when the two became separated, according to police.

The girl went into the store’s bathroom. At some point, Reese M. Hartstirn, 33, came into the bathroom and started choking the girl with his hands, causing her to become unconscious, according to a release from the Chicago Police Department.

He then picked up the unconscious girl and carried her into a bathroom stall, closing the door so she couldn’t leave, according to the release.  Hartstirn pushed the girl’s mother when she came into the stall to rescue her daughter, police said.

The girl was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital for treatment. Her condition was not immediately available, according to police.

People inside the store held Hartstirn for police after they were alerted to what happened.

There was more in that Tribune story but that’s the gist.

Now note well this line, bold print for emphasis supplied: “People inside the store held Hartstirn for police after they were alerted to what happened.” In other words, the little girl’s fellow customers, realizing what was happening, did not say some version of “oh gee, this guy just was feeling his feminine identity today what’s the big deal?” Instead, I would suggest quite naturally, they pounced on this beast of prey and forcibly held him until the good guys — that would be the police — arrived to take charge.

So the question arises. If that was the gut level response of average Chicagoans — and to their credit the Chicago media both print and TV have carried the story although there is no sense this is a “transgender” aggressor — how will this story play out in the national Obama-supporting media? As of this writing, there is nothing in The New York Times. The Washington Post — which features  a 25-year old story about Donald Trump on audio tape impersonating his PR man — seems unable to find room for the story.

The point here is as simple as it is obvious (and I’m skipping the huge issue of whether the President of the United States can bully local school districts into his social views.) In a curious fashion one wonders if assaults on women or girls by men in women’s bathrooms will be underplayed or just plain censored in the media in the fashion that critics have accused the media of doing with crime committed by illegal immigrants.

This was one of Ann Coulter’s points in her recent book on illegal immigration, Adios America. In an interview with talk radio’s Laura Ingraham Coulter’s thesis was headlined this way on Laura’s site:

Ann Coulter: Media Ignores Heinous Crimes Committed by Immigrants Voluntarily Imported in USA

Among other things in this interview Coulter said this, bold print for emphasis supplied by me:

“…but all the cases I talk about, which are a lot of cases of child rape in particular, were bringing in very primitive cultures and child rape cases that you’ll be shocked you didn’t know about-they’re hidden by the media.”

So the obvious, intriguing question. We are still in the “fresh news” department with the Obama order instructing schools across the fruited plain to allow transgenders to use the bathroom of their choice or else, the “or else” here meaning the schools that disobey would lose federal funding. But already, in the space of hours, we have a story out of Chicago in which it is reported that a man assaulted a little girl in a women’s bathroom in the middle of a busy Chicago store.

Recall that this issue began to emerge at the tail end of the GOP primary battle. The North Carolina fight against transgenders in the bathroom of their choice had drawn the attention of  Senator Ted Cruz. Newsmax headlined Cruz’s view this way:

Cruz on NC Law: Men Should Not Go to Bathroom With Little Girls

Said the Senator: “Men should not be going to the bathroom with little girls. That is a perfectly reasonable determination for the people to make.”

A group calling itself the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women quickly put out a statement attacking Cruz and the North Carolina law, saying:

“These initiatives utilize and perpetuate the myth that protecting transgender people’s access to restrooms and locker rooms endangers the safety or privacy of others.”

Catch that? It is a “myth” that a man in a woman’s bathroom “endangers the safety or privacy of others.”

In fact, it was not a myth in Chicago when a 33-year old man entered a woman’s bathroom in a Chicago store and choked an 8-year old girl into unconsciousness before taking her into a private stall where the girl was rescued by her frantic mother.

The question now? How much coverage will this story get outside of Chicago? And when there are similar stories that occur, assuming the critics like Ted Cruz are right and they do occur, will they be reported across the media spectrum so that the public can understand just how this idea from the Left actually works in practice? Or will they, like crimes committed by illegal immigrants, be hidden by the media because to report the truth damages a political agenda?

Stay tuned.

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Harvey B. Rich

This will only get worse!
There are over one half million REGISTERED sex offenders in the U.S. Now we give them carte blanc to wander into the Women’s bathroom and wait for a victim!
Have we gone nuts? What about our right to privacy?


The point is NOT THAT THIS MAN IS TRANSGENDER!. That’s not what resistance is about & many people miss that. It’s about MEN going into women’s private locker rooms, bathrooms, & no questions asked. In WA State, men just have to “IDENTIFY” as a woman AT THAT TIME. With “GENDER FLUIDITY” gender can CHANGE–don’t have to dress like a woman. NO QUESTIONS ASKED. Private locker rooms, bathrooms. Schools where little girls & teen girls, bodies changing, menstrual periods, are forced to undress w/boys. TRANSGENDERS RARE-1 (ONE) per 1000. For this tiny few The Govt. is exposing vulnerable girls & women in their most private places to sexual predators, pedophiles & causing PTSD in women who’ve been victims of sexual abuse–a much higher number than transgenders. The Govt. is forcibly destroying morale of American citizens so that there’s no spirit to resist aggressive, illegal, tyrannical tactics of BIG BROTHER. Please wake… Read more »


I soon as I learned about the common sense decision of North Carolina’s Governor, I called to support him. I also called my wacky N.Y. Governor (Cuomo) to let him know I will not permit a gender confused individual to enter a lady’s room that a female friend or family member is using. Enough is enough!

James Prater

What is incredulous to me is that 99.9% of a population will allow itself to be bullied into accommodating the .1% of that population. That’s the percentage of transsexuals in this country. In the name of political correctness we are usurping the privacy rights of the remainder of the population in order to not discriminate against the incredibly small percentage of perverts that feel they should be able to use the bathroom that makes them “feel comfortable and safe,” in the words of the Fort Worth, TX school superintendent. When will this country wake up and free itself of this political correctness millstone around its neck?


JFK: We will put a man on the moon. Obama: We will put a man in the ladies bathroom.


When I was a kid this guy would never get out of the store in one piece

Indiana 11

Wake up and smell the coffee. Obama and Congress are fiddling while the US burns. Obama is bringing the US down to a 3rd world country fast. The lame street media is in bed with him and will help promote a socialist society as long as they get theirs.

Angela M. Rosati

What a disgrace! What better victim than a small child. That filthy beast has marked the child forever. Good for the Chicago shoppers…they showed good sense. Now, if only we could abolish political correctness! Oh, wait…how would obama (lower case deliberate) feel if that happened to one of his daughters?


Obama makes up these laws because he doesnt care! His family is protected by the Secret Service. Its the rest of us that have to deal with the consequences


The two biggest enemies of this country the press/media and education, both seemingly controlled by an agenda that flies in the face of our Constitutional Rights. Having clear unfettered access to the truth, in both media and education would go a long way in the redirection of our country. Unless we can turn this around, we may have very well lost the war of hearts and minds for freedom.


I’m so sick of re-branding an issue by clever vocabulary.

This is about a PERVERSION. If folks have the urge to dress up as the opposite sex, they should keep their PERVERSION private, in their own homes or in clubs where like minded people are guys pretending they’re gals or whatever. They do not belong in public rest rooms, dressing rooms, or locker rooms, unless they dress and behave in an appropriate way.

This is a serious issue for seniors. Most of us are very careful to stay in environments where we will not appear as easy targets. And the feds think it’s okay for a young strong guy to put on a skirt, go in the ladies room, and wave his flag? GIVE ME A BREAK.

Today’s poll doesn’t even need a poll. OF COURSE AMAC should be advocating for us on this issue!


Howard H.

My question, if a ‘transgender” (fake or not) enters a “female” Restroom and gets the living $h1t kicked out of him by a macho real “female” (..and I have seen some “real” women that could whip the crap out of me…), will the MSM run the story coast to coast, or will they “kill” the story with “no news here…move on”? Odds are that the police would be called and the “real woman” arrested, just like the case of the female security officer that removed a man from the ladies rest room, he later claimed he was tramirtised as a transgender, etc. Folks, this is gonna happen, so, I don’t advocate violence but, how many Papas and Daddies and Husbands are going to stand by the door and when a man enters, follow him in and “kick the living crap out of that piece of filth”. That said, if a… Read more »


There are two viable solutions to this gender-confusion problem. The first one is to build a “third” bathroom labeled “Trans”, and the second is to build single bathrooms with one sink, one toilet, a good lock on the door and label them “Bathroom”. Of course the second solution is pretty expensive because each Bathroom has to be large enough to satisfy the Disabilities Act, and I can’t imagine stadiums, theatres or other large gathering places to replace a 20 stall Ladies’ room + a 20 stall Men’s room with 40 individual bathrooms. This is a very small fraction of 1 percent of our population who are self centered and selfish enough not to care that they are putting women and children in danger because they want to be Ken today and Barbie tomorrow.


What do you think will happen when a father sends his little girl into the womens bathroom and some big hairy-armed kook goes in after her, supposedly identifying with his feminine side that day. You can bet any red- blooded dad will go in after him and beat the %#@& out of him.

patriot 40

What a sick country. Crying liberals for the rights of a minute few to the detriment of the many. I guess they have nothing else to do with their lives to make them feel important. Gays, lesbians and transvestites have had no problem in the past using the bathroom of their birth gender. There is (as always with the liberals) and another reason for this push. My husband and I don’t go in the bathroom at the same time, and nor to my son and grandsons go in the bathroom with me or the mother. It is not a place for genital sharing. It is a very private place and without the opposite sex.
God help us if these liberals get into office this year.


We are on our own, folks, as long as the Left is in charge of the asylum. The Left live behind walls, have armored motorcades and bodyguards; private schools and private jets, the trappings of The Mob or Banana Republic dictators, or…the One Percenters of the world who want it kept that way – those who pay a quarter million dollar bribe disguised as a 20 minute speech about any topic – who cares, as long as the bribee knows from whence the bribe came? These are the ones advocating for perversions because they already pay for theirs or are bribed with them, like flights for pedophiles to islands stocked with their desired prey, etc. Why pay for that when you can just take it on home grounds, like in Banana Republics or the Middle East? We’ve come a long way, baby!

Norm in PA

Less than one tenth of one percent of the population can truly say that they are “transsexual”. So, given that fact, we could build just one or two single bathrooms with just one toilet one sink in our public schools and stores and label them “unisex” or better yet we just take our “handicapped” single stall bathrooms and since they are already “unisex handicapped” let the transsexuals use them!

Annette N

Under our form of government – the executive branch – (that would be the president) does not create laws. Laws are created by the legislative branch. So, not sure why anyone is concerned about a proclamation which under the Constitution cannot be enforced because it is not an actual law. Has anyone mentioned the way our government works to this president?

Ruel D

This has nothing to do with sexual freedom and everything to do with politics. The socialists see that in the upcoming election they stand a strong chance of being thrown out of power. They are using this issue to see how much abomination we will put up with. If we roll over and play dead worse is to come, and it will come for a long, long time.

Delores Stine

Would you want pediphiles to use transgender to gain access to bathrooms and teenagers with raging hormones to do the same, etc.?????Obama needs to be bombarded with letters to wake him up….this is a no brainer, totally dangerous to the welfare of our youth!!!!!!