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Bully's Brutal Assault of Gay Ohio High School Student Caught on Camera: VIDEO

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A student at Union-Scioto High School in Chillicothe, Ohio was brutally beaten this week by another student for being gay. Class members watched as the bully waited for the student to arrive in the classroom, grabbed him, pushed him to the ground and punched him in the face several times.

3bullyAnother student recorded the assault on his cell phone. The video was posted to Facebook.

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."

According to an email received by Towleroad from Equality Ohio, "The victim has suffered a possible concussion and dental damage. The attacker was suspended from school for just three days. "

MomWatch the video and hear the gay student's mother narrate the events, AFTER THE JUMP...

Equality Ohio adds:

"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 oth"ers, but it does not specifically protect against harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Equality Ohio Executive Director, Ed Mullen, explains that the incident serves as a reminder that Ohio’s anti-bullying law must be strengthened and specific protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth be included. Mullen says:  “All students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, have the right to a safe school and education.  Students should not fear verbal harassment, cyber-bullying, or physical assault in our public schools.”

An anti-bullying bill is pending in Ohio's legislature. Ohio House Bill 208 would add sexual orientation, gender identity, and other enumerated protections to Ohio’s anti-bullying law without changing the general prohibition against any bullying or harassment. Proponents of the bill are seeking testimony in the House Education Committee, according to Equality Ohio, but the bill has not been a priority of the committee.

Watch this disturbing event, AFTER THE JUMP...

UPDATE: READ THE UPDATE TO THIS STORY HERE.

UPDATE:

Some contact info, via Dan Savage:

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

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

SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT IS THE AGENCY HANDLING THIS CASE. CONTACT THEM @ (740) 773-1185. PROSECUTORS OFFICE (740) 702-3115

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  1. What the hell? Three days? That's a violent assault. He should be EXPELLED. And then prosecuted for hate crimes.

    Posted by: ynquersconquers | Oct 27, 2011 11:22:00 AM


  2. Anti-harassment policies and anti-bullying laws won't in and of themselves "protect" anyone against assault. It's a violent criminal act, regardless of motive or clauses in school policies.

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 27, 2011 11:24:23 AM


  3. We cannot effectively deal with bullying unless we target the underlying framework that encourages and allows this behavior. Strengthening anti-bullying laws when we have a media culture that has firmly embedded within it the narratives necessary to breed this kind of behavior is exactly what allows it to continue to happen.

    I strongly encourage you all to check out some of the films Media Education Foundation has to offer, especially the Bro Code and Tough Guise for some keen insight into why this kind of behavior cannot be changed without a thorough examination of the foundation that is laid to support it.

    Posted by: Jesus | Oct 27, 2011 11:25:36 AM


  4. Time to press charges for assault, then sue the bully and his family for all medical costs. These bullies want to imagine themselves men, then they should be dealt with just like any other man who attacks someone.

    Posted by: LiamB | Oct 27, 2011 11:31:04 AM


  5. Only three days suspension? There should be criminal charges filed with this video used as evidence.

    Posted by: Kevin_BGFH | Oct 27, 2011 11:32:04 AM


  6. Jail. Plain and simple. Jail.

    Posted by: David C. | Oct 27, 2011 11:34:09 AM


  7. A violent, planned assault that resulted in a concussion and dental damage only gets the perp a three day suspension?

    Why haven't the police been alerted? This is felony assault and battery - I really don't understand why there haven't been any charges filed.

    Posted by: John | Oct 27, 2011 11:34:56 AM


  8. Just because there is not an anti-gay bullying law does not mean that that bully should not be prosecuted for assault. Why hasn't the mother pressed charges, why has this punk not been arrested, that is more to the point.

    Posted by: mike moore | Oct 27, 2011 11:35:51 AM


  9. I don't like the hate that wells up inside of me every time I read a story like this; but I cannot deny that I wish gay vigilantes hunted these gay bashers down and put them into a coma.

    I know what people would tell me, that violence begets violence. Several months back when that kid picked his bully up and dashed him to the cement, it was bloody brutal, yet I admit I was glad, not at all concerned for for the possible injuries his bully might have sustained. He could have died and I would have been glad.

    I think for me that this is the worst thing about this epidemic, and that is the hatred I have in my heart.

    Posted by: Ricco | Oct 27, 2011 11:36:59 AM


  10. Luckily, in this case, the school district doesn't need to have a gay-bullying policy, because the state of Ohio has laws that cover this. What's captured on that video is an absolutely unambiguous case of assault with intent. The mother of the minor in question should bring this video to her local police station (and to court) and have an arrest warrant sworn out against the guy doing the savage, repeated punching. Even if the guy avoids jail time, the mother should still be able to pauperize his family.

    Posted by: steve donoghue | Oct 27, 2011 11:38:04 AM


  11. That 'kid' attacker belongs in jail and expelled from school where he is clearly a menace. Who would tolerate this unprovoked violence at a work place for ANY reason??? Hate crime or otherwise, he is out of control. Students get expelled for far less.

    Posted by: Vince | Oct 27, 2011 11:40:57 AM


  12. It is very hard to watch this, because it brings up some bad memories. That bully belongs in jail. All this bs about "the poor bully" is just that, bs. He is junior thug, and he needs to be behind bars.

    The victim's family needs to sue the school district for punitive damages. You send your kids to school for education, not for assault.

    Posted by: Basil | Oct 27, 2011 11:43:33 AM


  13. What sob story will his defense lawyer come up with to justify this punks behavior? The whole Brandon McInerney trial was a travesty. The message that was sent by those jurors is that if you have been abused, and have drug addicted parents then in America you can murder a gay classmate.

    I know some bad a**ed gay men. I wish some of these would plant themselves to take a beating, turn the tables and plant a few gay bashers in the ground . . . since our government, and our schools do very-very little to punish these criminals. The breeders need to know that not all gay people are punching bags. Some of us fight back. But of course they are fricking cowards, and would never attack someone they know they can't take on.

    The pathetic thing is that punk in that video will probably grow up to be a cop/pig some day, with the full force of the law to support his criminal activities.

    Posted by: Ricco | Oct 27, 2011 11:44:58 AM


  14. I don't understand why these kids who assault other kids aren't immediately arrested for assault and charged with a crime. Shouldn't the school district inform the police that a student assaulted another student? It doesn't matter WHY... assault is a crime.. period.

    Posted by: Jimi | Oct 27, 2011 11:45:49 AM


  15. Personally, I hope the kid gets hit by a bus.

    However - they DEFINITELY need to file criminal charges in this case - despite the juvenile angle (the attacker will probably get off with a pre-trial intervention or whatever measly penalties Ohio offers juvenile offenders - 3 days "community service" picking up trash or something equally pathetic) - either way - this was plain and simply an assault, in addition to being a hate crime.

    Posted by: Sethboy | Oct 27, 2011 11:47:09 AM


  16. What's great is how moms these days can so matter-of-factly say about their kids: "...just because he's a homosexual." That will never stop blowing my mind.

    Posted by: Jack | Oct 27, 2011 11:48:41 AM


  17. this mother was way calm......cause Id want heads to roll if this was done to my kid....this lady is too nice about it....SUE SUE SUE!

    Posted by: Gay American | Oct 27, 2011 11:48:54 AM


  18. Why is there no mention of any form of punishment for the one who taped the whole incident?


    Obviously, the student with the camera knew something was about to take place, or why would they keep taping when nothing is going on at the beginning?

    They not do anything to avoid the attack. And, obviously, their motivation for capturing the event is to additionally taunt the victim

    Posted by: Vincent | Oct 27, 2011 11:49:22 AM


  19. This isn't bullting, it's assault! Arrest this kid!

    Posted by: Brien Kunemund | Oct 27, 2011 11:52:08 AM


  20. The only way to show support for your disgust is to let them know first hand that we will not put up with this treatment of our youth. Give em a call.

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

    Posted by: RE | Oct 27, 2011 11:52:09 AM


  21. The "bully" should be put in jail. That isn't bullying, it's assault with intent to cause harm.

    Posted by: Seth | Oct 27, 2011 11:58:43 AM


  22. If it's criminal assault to beat up a store employee at a shopping mall, then it's criminal assault to beat up a queer kid at a high school. Go to the police first and the school administration second.

    Posted by: Artie | Oct 27, 2011 11:59:06 AM


  23. If the bully was caught on the street and got his ass kicked really good, about three times, I bet he would no longer be a bully.

    If my kid was attacked like that and the adults did nothing more to the bully than let him stay home (or whatever) for three days, I would hire someone from out of town, to beat the kid senseless and make sure everyone in the family had good alibis, because you know the bully's parents would be all ready to prosecute.

    My response to them would be, what goes around comes around.

    Posted by: Steve Pardue | Oct 27, 2011 12:00:04 PM


  24. While I agree that "bullying" is a terrible thing, why are we not calling this, plainly, assault, which should be a felony. There are witnesses, video evidence, etc.

    Posted by: Ted | Oct 27, 2011 12:01:14 PM


  25. 10 to 1 odds the bully's a closet case. All mine were.

    Posted by: Jonster | Oct 27, 2011 12:02:19 PM


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