Thursday, October 27, 2011

Gay student in Ohio beating caught on tape



A gay student at Union-Scioto High School in Chillicothe, Ohio was brutally beaten this week by another student for being gay. Class members watched as the bully waited for the student to arrive in the classroom, grabbed him, pushed him to the ground and punched him in the face several times.

The bully was suspended for 3 days. That's it. The mother of the victim is pursuing criminal charges.

The bully had harassed the gay student (who has not been identified) on Facebook a few days earlier, writing "You fag. Check out the definition of a fag."

Equality Ohio Executive Director, Ed Mullen, explains that the incident serves as a reminder that Ohio’s anti-bullying law must be strengthened and specific protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth be included. Mullen says: “All students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, have the right to a safe school and education. Students should not fear verbal harassment, cyber-bullying, or physical assault in our public schools.”

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