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The Tennessee Conservative [By Paula Gomes] –
The angry statements contained within the leaked pages of Covenant School shooter Audrey Hale’s manifesto suggest a negative impact of the “gender-affirming” care she may have been receiving.
At the time of the shooting, Hale identified as male, and dressed like a man when she showed up at the school to take innocent lives. While an autopsy showed that Hale had not undergone any surgeries as part of any gender transition, “gender-affirming” care for women who wish to present as male includes being prescribed the hormone testosterone.
Taking enough testosterone so as to “appear” male is not without side effects for women. This can include mood swings, anger and hostility. The larger the dose, the more likely the increase in these side effects. Women who are prescribed hormones as part of “gender-affirming” care report feelings of frustration, anger, and irritability for seemingly no reason. Depending on the dose, women have also suffered from depression, and in extreme cases, even destabilization of bipolar or schizoaffective disorder.
During Hale’s autopsy, authorities tested her body for illegal and controlled substances but not for any prescription medications used for treating mental conditions, or hormone therapy.
Nashville Police Chief John Drake stated in a news conference that Hale had been “under doctor’s care for an emotional disorder.”
It is extremely rare for mass shooters to be female. According to a 2022 report, 97.7% of all mass shooters in the United States have been men. The biochemistry of men is a factor in violent crime. Testosterone not only gives men larger muscles, and a higher percentage of red blood cells, it also contributes to aggression.
From the small portion of Hale’s writings that have been seen, we see that she was determined to carry out her appalling plan despite feeling high levels of anxiety. “Can’t believe I’m doing this, but I’m ready… I hope my victims aren’t,” wrote Hale. “God let my wrath take over my anxiety.”
Some medical professionals have gone on record to call gender transition and affirmation experimental therapies that may increase the risk of suicide and have not been proven to change mental health outcomes for the better.
About the Author: Paula Gomes is a Tennessee resident and reporter for The Tennessee Conservative. You can reach Paula at email@example.com.