Bil Browning

Not a Good Way to Handle the Situation

Filed By Bil Browning | September 13, 2012 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: anti-gay, anti-gay bullying, Christopher Whittle, pepper spray

I can understand the frustration of seeing a loved one constantly subjected to anti-gay animus, but attacking the mouthy perpetrator with pepper spray after the event is never a good idea. Especially when you're spraying down a 14 year old girl.

bigstock-Means-of-protection-28449383.jpgHalifax resident Christopher Whittle has learned this lesson the hard way.

Whittle said this was not a planned attack. But he said the girl has been taunting his boyfriend who works at the mall for weeks. Whittle said the slurs began when his partner wore beads from gay pride to work.

"This was happening every few days. She was coming and making comments about him being gay, and basically just taunting him for who he was, calling him a faggot, fruit whatever," Whittle said.

Friday, Whittle said he witnessed an incident between the girl and his partner. He said he snapped.
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Whittle said he was shocked to find out the person he sprayed was a 14-year-old girl. He said she looks older, and assumed she was a woman.

"I do regret how I handled it. I could have handled it differently. But at the time I guess I was just so upset with everything that had gone on, that's how I reacted."

This begs the question, how should Whittle have handled the situation? What would you have done in his place?

(Pepper spray graphic via Bigstock)


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