Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Attack on gay teen results in 90 day sentence

According to the Columbus Dispatch, a 15-year-old Ross County boy will serve 90 days in a juvenile detention center for the assault of a gay student that gained national attention after a cell phone video of the attack went viral on the Internet.

Levi Sever, 15, was sentenced yesterday after previously pleading guilty to a delinquency count of assault before Juvenile Court Judge Richard Ward. Sever was also ordered to undergo mental health counseling during his detention.

Sever has not attended school since the attack, but school officials have declined to discuss the discipline he received.

Zach Huston, 15, was assaulted on Oct. 17 in a classroom at Unioto High School, with the youth and his mother both saying he was targeted because he is gay. Huston and his mother both have stated school officials did not respond appropriately to their reports about bullying due to his sexual orientation.

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