Boston Children’s is home to the first U.S. pediatric and adolescent transgender health program.
The Boston Children’s Hospital, which operates the first transgender health program for children and adolescents in the nation, was forced to lock down after conservative conspiracy theorists spread misinformation on an account known as “Libs of TikTok.” After a bomb threat Tuesday, police descended on the hospital, barricading families inside and leaving them waiting outside for updates, the WCVB reports. The threat was downgraded two hours after the initial call, but police have not yet disclosed the facts surrounding the threat or any additional information.
Since then, the hospital has taken down videos pertaining to the procedures it performs on transgender patients to try and stem harassment of staff and patients and is coordinating with law enforcement. Similar harassment has been reported by hospitals across the country.