Bil Browning

Ohio Gay Teen Beaten in Classroom

Filed By Bil Browning | October 27, 2011 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: anti-gay bullying, anti-gay violence, Ohio, school bullying, Union-Scioto High School

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This week, a 15-year-old teenager was severely beaten in his high school class room for being gay. The attack occurred at Union-Scioto High School in Chillicothe, Ohio, and was caught on camera as fellow class members watched one teen wait for the victim to enter the room, push him to the ground and continually punch him in the face. Two days prior to the attack, the perpetrator harassed the victim via Facebook regarding his sexual orientation. The victim has suffered a possible concussion and dental damage. The attacker was suspended from school for just three days.

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.

Ohio has a proposed anti-bullying bill pending before the legislature - House Bill 208. The bill would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of other enumerated protections.

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What this needs is criminal prosecution, not some flimsy non-discrimination policy that as we have seen does jackshit when it comes to enforcement. So, what, the bully would be suspended for 6 days instead of three?

Yes, criminal prosecution is needed here to protect ALL students at the school and let ALL teens at the school know of the consequences.

After all: WHAT ELSE ARE THESE TAXPAYER FUNDED CAMERAS FOR?

According to a news report, the mother is pursuing criminal charges. Honestly, if that were my child being beaten, I'd do everything possible to ensure the kid beating him spent the rest of his life flipping burgers -- but he probably will anyway, considering that people like him tend to originate and remain at the bottom of the intellectual ladder.

I've started a petition on change.org to ask the school district to enact an anti-bullying policy protecting LGBTQ students and to STOP the violence and hatred.

(I hope I can post a link here)

http://www.change.org/petitions/union-scioto-school-district-unioto-high-school-protect-their-students-especially-glbtq-from-bullying-and-violence

Please share with everyone thanks!

If not - it's on the change dot org website under:
union-scioto-school-district-unioto-high-school-protect-their-students-especially-glbtq-from-bullying-and-violence

What this is called is 'ILLEGAL!' The parents should be held legally responsible and fined each time their offspring are carrying their parent's imposed beliefs to school. To teach a child to hate is inhumane and a crime against humanity!

We have no way of knowing for certain that his parents are as homophobic as he is, if at all -- a lot of the time, kids learn this kind of stuff from their peers in school.

But you bring up an interesting point. I think parents should be held at least partially responsible if they raise their kids to harbor bigotry toward gay people (even if they insist on calling said bigotry "Christian love"), and the kids then see that as license to commit hate crimes.

Om Kalthoum | October 27, 2011 4:45 PM

This is less a school matter than a police matter!

"An Ohio mother says she is filing charges with local prosecutors...."

Can a private citizen do this in a criminal case? Don't representatives of the state (such as prosecutors) file charges with the courts?

I'm sure this has been said before but this homophobic attacker needs to be expelled and charge with assault (and he should get some time in jail). The mother of this gay teen should sue the school for millions. That will convince them to stop these disgusting bully!

customartist | October 29, 2011 8:50 AM

With posted hate speech leading up to a planned and recorded attack Police have yet to charge the attacker with a Hate Crime.

While the sheriff's office continues to investigate the motive, Ross County Prosecutor Matt Schmidt said his office is evaluating whether to file an assault or felonious assault charge.

"What people are failing to understand is there isn't an Ohio law to enhance it (if the assault was motivated by the victim's sexuality)," Schmidt said.

Everyone is focusing on Local Laws, the School's Policies, but the ultimate issue is Federal Law. Specifically Federal Hate Crime Law.

My guess is that Prosecutors are busy mediating with both sets of Parents in an attempt to balance the sad repercussions that the Federal Hate Crime Law may be bringing to this young against the justice that the victim deserves under the Federal Law.

Nevertheless, the law is the law, and it must be upheld or it is worthless. Gays must watch this case closely and we must make our presence known.

Local Authorities are not only entrusted with enforcing Local Laws, but they are also responsible to report suspected Hate Crime Laws to the Federal Authorities / the FBI. This is a Requirement, not an option.

With no charges in place now a week later it is safe to presume there is a bottleneck to justice somewhere.

Federal Hate Crime Charges must be applied.

FBI Cincinnati, OH
(513) 421-4310
Cincinnati@ic.fbi.gov

Disturbing, Gut wrenching, heartbreaking, sad, infuriating, sickening, and just down right appalling are just a few words used to describe the vicious and malicious attack. Hi, my name is Casandra, and the young man that all of you have seen being brutally beaten in this Union-Scioto attack is my nephew. He is 15years old and has been avidly discriminated against for years for being homosexual. Every time I even think of this video or the attack I want to vomit. Our family can not even begin to express the magnitude of our appreciation for the support we have received on so many avenues. He, is staying strong and positive. His voice needs to be heard and through all of you and your support that is happening. This attack has changed his life for ever not only emotionally but mentally as well. Today I say to everyone don't be afraid to be who you are, god made you the way you are and just like Lady Gaga says " I was born this way" each and everyone of us were born to be who we are. Again I say the support that we have received for all of you is more than any family could have dreamed of Thank you all from the deepest part of our hearts.