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Guilford College Holds Vigil in Support of Targeted Gay Student


Several hundred students at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina held a vigil last night in support of a gay student who was targeted last week. The student received a threatening note on his door and a rock through his window with a note attached.


The note read: "You don't deserve life like the rest of the world. It's bad enough with out all the gay crap pulling people down. It's sick, unnatural, and death is almost too good for you. Almost."

The News & Record reports: "College President Kent Chabotar said the school has since held open discussions about the incident and used it as a learning opportunity. He said the incident violates the campus conduct code, and the school is trying to find the author of the two letters. 'Until we find them and until they are proven guilty, we have due process here,' he said. 'If we didn’t, we’d be doing the same stuff as the person who did this was trying to do — taking away people’s rights.' The several hundred people circled outside Bryan Hall included faculty, UNCG students and community members. They first lined the corner of Friendly Avenue and New Garden Road, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with candles and rainbow-themed signs. Then, they marched down Eli Coffin Drive, passed Founders Hall and moved onto the lawn."

FOX8 attended the protest and talked with students and faculty. Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. i wish i could give this my unreserved support, but too many such have turned out to be desperate bids for attention. i hate to see genuine public empathy in any way diminished by untrue claims, perhaps lessening the impact of the genuine disgraces that DO occur.

    i am just suggesting folks wait a beat to be certain.

    Posted by: jack | Sep 24, 2009 9:43:47 AM

  2. Jack, I kind of agree with you. There is something about this case that is setting off my spidey-sense. The whole rock-through-the-window thing is a little too...well, corny for me not to be skeptical. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and a big hug for now, but I wouldn't be stunned if this turns out to be another sad invention by a lonely gay kid desperate for support.

    Posted by: Yeek | Sep 24, 2009 3:55:55 PM

  3. I suspect this incident might be a hoax too. Hope not though. Either way, these folks seem to be well-intentioned.

    Posted by: JT | Sep 25, 2009 2:15:00 AM

  4. Sorry, I don't understand the skepticism. Desperate for attention? Have you been to Greesnboro? This is not generally the kind of attention you want, which I assume is why he is laying low in face of the publicity. It gives me great hope to see a large number and a large cross-section of the the school taking it seriously and saying "We do not accept this!"

    Let's follow the less skeptical side of Yeek and give this guy a hug. If it turns out a hoax (and I am not recalling a lot of college students in conservative areas pulling something like this), then we can deal with it. In the meantime, let's not let Matthew Shepard be forgotten and rally to protect our brothers and sisters from insidious hatred and violence.

    Posted by: michael | Sep 30, 2009 8:20:43 PM

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