Action Alert! Anti-Gay Bully Receives Slap On Wrist For Brutal Attack

The attacker of a 15-year-old  gay Chillicothe, Ohio high school student is on a three day suspension after after he knocked the boy down and punched him in the face several times.

Class members sat and watched as the attack took place. One student went so far as to record the attack and upload it to facebook.

Towelroad reports that,”The bully had harassed the gay student (who has not been identified) on Facebook a few days earlier, writing, as the comment on a photo of him: “You fag. Check out the definition of a fag.”

An email received by Towleroad from Equality Ohio says, “The victim has suffered a possible concussion and dental damage.”
Like here in Idaho, Equity Ohio says “Union-Scioto has no policy in place that specifically protects students from being bullied or attacked based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The Union-Scioto Local School District does have a policy that prohibits harassment based on sex, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, among others, but it does not specifically protect against harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Dan Savage has posted the contact information to to share your outrage over the incident:

Union-Scioto Local Schools District Administration:
Superintendent: Dwight Garrett dgarrett@mail.gsn.k12.oh.us
High School Principal: James Osborne josborne@mail.gsn.k12.oh.us
Unioto High School Asst. Principal: Wilma Gillott wgillott@mail.gsn.k12.oh.us

If they shut off their email:

Union-Scioto
Administration Office
1565 Egypt Pike
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
740-773-4102

Unioto High School
14193 Pleasant Valley Road
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
740-773-4105

And contact the Sheriff’s department:  740-733-1185

Prosecutor’s office: (740) 702-3115

Savage points out that,” If the bully in who assaulted the gay kid in this video had done the exact same thing to a little old lady in shopping mall or a stranger at a bus stop he would’ve been arrested and charged with a crime. If he had done the same thing to a teacher at Union-Scioto High School he would’ve been arrested and expelled. The administrators at Union-Scioto High School and the police in Chillicothe are sending a message to every bully and bigot in town: felony assault isn’t felony assault if you’re assaulting the gay kid.”

(Editor’s Note: It’s not a matter of if but WHEN an incident like this occurs here in an Idaho School. Support not only Add the Words, Idaho but also anti-bullying legislation when it comes up this year. Also if your teen’s school doesn’t have a Gay-Straight Alliance club please, please, please encourage him or her to start one!  There will also be a  free conference on how YOU can help keep Idaho schools safe in Boise this weekend. You can click here for more information.)
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2 Responses to Action Alert! Anti-Gay Bully Receives Slap On Wrist For Brutal Attack

  1. Without question this matter should go to the Police. This is common assault, even without the hate crime aggravation. The victim’s parents should also sue the bully’s parents for the damage to his teeth, both punitive damages and reparation of costs.

  2. Pingback: Ohio Teen Charged in Brutal Beating of Gay Classmate « The Idaho Agenda

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