Police in Tennessee burst into the room of a 16-year-old transgender girl while she was live streaming on Twitch.
In a video of the stream later posted to YouTube, police can be seen in the background forcing open the door which had been blocked by a chair. Wynn, who posts under the name VioWynn, tells viewers she had been coerced into online schooling because she refused to use the boys’ restroom before the stream abruptly ends.
“Okay well now there’s an officer in here, just trying to join the stream,” Wynn says as the police forced open the blocked door.
“Are you winning?” one of the officers asks when Wynn continues to play Minecraft.
“Okay, I don’t know if you guys heard that,” Wynn responds, giggling at the officer’s question. “I hope didn’t.”
Wynn continued playing, saying she was going to act like the police weren’t there because that was “easier.” The stream stopped after the officers and Wynn’s father cut power to the device she was streaming.
Wynn earlier said the video might be her last “because they're trying to get me to either kill myself or go into foster care” instead of providing her with an in-school education.
“Honestly, I just want to go to school,” Wynn said. “But they don't want me to go to school because I'm trans. I'm just really stressed out."
While she initially assumed police were there because she refused to attend online classes and was declared a truant, she later told Motherboard and a Reddit and fellow Twitch user police were actually conducting a wellness check.
Wynn explained to Motherboard that she had overheard her parents talking about the police coming that day. “I was insanely stressed out so I decided to stream, as it's one of the only things that reliably makes me happy and calms me down,” she told the outlet.
She later returned to Twitch saying she had been placed in foster care.
“I asked VioWynn herself about the situation, as she was on stream today, and from her, I found out that they weren't there because of truancy,” the Reddit user posted. “The cops were there for a wellness check, and the only threat was the possibility of being put in crisis care.”
A commenter who appeared to be Wynn responded to a comment in the thread confirming their initial visit caught on camera was a wellness check but added the police returned later to remove her from home and put her in foster care.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed several anti-trans bills. He signed legislation on May 6 that will prevent trans women from competing on college athletic teams that match their gender identity. That law builds on existing laws preventing trans women and girls from participating in high school sports teams that align with their gender. Lee also signed a bill last year blocking doctors from providing hormone treatment to prepubescent minors.