After more than 123,000 people signed an online petition urging the Contra Costa County district attorney to drop battery charges filed against a bullied, transgender teen after a fight at Hercules High, the deputy public defender and deputy district attorney handling the case said they might seek a less punitive option for Jewlyes Gutierrez. In one week, the petition on Change.org was the fastest-growing petition on the site, but the deputy district attorney said public pressure did not affect his decision to discuss other alternatives with Gutierrez' attorney.