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A doctor who has vocally opposed the medical transition of minors said he was recently sent a package containing white powder bearing similarities to letters sent to Kansas, Tennessee, and Montana state lawmakers.
Dr. Quentin Van Meter, a pediatric endocrinologist in Atlanta, Georgia, said his office received the mysterious package on June 21, causing the evacuation of an eight-story office building. Van Meter told The Daily Wire that it “disrupted all patient care” but turned out to be bleach powder.
“No one knew what it was specifically, other than it was a suspicious package being investigated by hazmat,” Van Meter explained, adding that others in the office “had no idea that this has been aimed at me.”
The FBI has taken over the investigation.
Van Meter has testified before lawmakers in Pennsylvania, Idaho, and Florida to advocate against the use of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormone therapy, and sex change operations on minors. He told The Daily Wire that he believes the mailing was related to his advocacy, telling law enforcement he has “thousands” of enemies for his efforts to “save the lives of these kids” pursuing so-called ‘gender-affirming’ surgeries.
Van Meter said the package he received appeared to be similar to those sent to lawmakers in Kansas that were signed by “your secret despiser.” Republican officials and legislators in Kansas received more than 100 letters between June 16 and June 19. The cryptic letters read, “It is important not to choke on your ambition,” and included what appear to be incoherent phrases in foreign languages. Those mailings, along with similar letters sent to Tennessee politicians, reportedly had a return address of a deceased transgender activist. One source told The Daily Wire that letters received in Tennessee were also signed “your secret despiser.”
Offices in the Cordell Hull Building, which connects to the Tennessee State Capitol, were forced to close after mysterious packages and letters containing white powder were discovered on June 22.
In Montana, two GOP legislators reported receiving suspicious letters at their homes containing white powder.