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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. If they won't prosecute for assault, no new laws or policies will do a damn bit of good.

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 27, 2011 12:03:07 PM


  2. This was felony assault, pure and simple. I'd go after him for criminal prosecution, I'd go after him in civil court, and I would sue the school district until they backed the money truck up to my house and begged me to stop.

    This school, this kid, and his parents would pay until they couldn't pay any more. There's no forgiveness for this kind of unprovoked attack.

    Posted by: Bart | Oct 27, 2011 12:05:15 PM


  3. am so angry my hands a shaking so hard! no one deserves this, how can this bully have so much hate in him like this at such an age? as some1 mentioned previously they attack the weak ones..i would definitely get even, i will suck it up, lure him and do him so much damage to him, he will never raise a finger even to a fly

    Posted by: Ash_like | Oct 27, 2011 12:06:23 PM


  4. Reform school.

    Posted by: rb | Oct 27, 2011 12:06:29 PM


  5. Hey, Mom: You gotta sue. Sue the school, sue the teacher, sue the kid with the cam, sue the parents of the kid with the cam. You won't get their attention until you get them by the balls of their wallet(s).

    Hey, Kid: If Mom won't sue, sue for emancipation, and get your own damned attorney. Then see above.

    Posted by: Sue Emahl | Oct 27, 2011 12:06:56 PM


  6. this was an assault more than bullying. the attacker should go to jail. hell this deserves more than slap on the wrist. where
    are both sets of parents, the victims should be there with a lawyer suing the school district and the attacker's should be facing charges for what their son did. time to stop taking bullying lightly.. action have consequences.

    Posted by: walter | Oct 27, 2011 12:10:14 PM


  7. my fear always when people start making laws to deal with social issues is that they end up veering into the insane.

    Like kids being expelled or carted off by police for having weapons by bring a plastin knife in their lunchbox. Or expelled for drugs because they dared take a Midol. Eventually "bullying" is going to be such a broad definition that you wont be say nearly anything.

    Schools shouldnt need laws to make them protect students.

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Oct 27, 2011 12:16:35 PM


  8. I grew up about an hour south of where this occurred. That whole part of the west Appalachian foothills is a strange mix of surprisingly cool, open-minded good ole country folks like this mom...and a bunch of Catholic/Baptist/Pentecostal whackadoodles who preach and screech many things while often secretly doing far worse.

    Bullying was a currency of youth power hierarchies and was borne at home - parents teaching their kids these backwards ideas out of stupidity/under-education and religious kowtowing.

    I was bullied, but other than a few pranks only verbally- mostly because people thought I was crazy and could snap at any minute. But I watched as others were bullied, beat up, etc, same as this case. You wanted to jump in, but at what cost. Because bully boy will meet you later with 4 of his cousins and baseball bats.

    Mom will do right by her kid in this one. Others are so fortunate in context.

    Posted by: Ben | Oct 27, 2011 12:17:26 PM


  9. I like Sue Emahl's approach in addiiton sue the bully and the bully's parents. Start hitting School districts and parents of bullies in their wallets and this behavior will be reined in very quickly. the burden of proof is significantly less in civil tort suits for monetary damages than it is in criminal suits. I would contribute to a legal aid fund for this kid and his parents, maybe Lambda or other group could start ?

    Posted by: Jerry | Oct 27, 2011 12:18:33 PM


  10. Shame on the bully and shame on his parents for raising him to do such things. If that's not a hate-crime, then what the hell is?

    I hope the victim here knows that it does "get better" and doesn't give up in the face of all the hate and aggression he must experience every day.

    Posted by: shle896 | Oct 27, 2011 12:25:20 PM


  11. I agree with Ted, We need to stop calling it "bullying" and call is "assault." That kid is not a "bully" he is an assailant. "Bully" is too light of a term for him.

    I'm guessing the school didn't know the video existed when they handed down the suspension, now I bet they wish it didn't. The cops and lawyers will surely be involved now - thankfully.

    Posted by: Craig | Oct 27, 2011 12:25:38 PM


  12. That is assault. You do not put your hands on people. He needs to be arrested for his intention to harm another. His life was not in danger when he attacked this boy.

    Posted by: jay | Oct 27, 2011 12:29:03 PM


  13. As other have stated, this isn't "bullying". This is premeditated assault, it's harassment (stalking on facebook and leaving hate messages) and the boy who did this should be immediately charged and jailed. Those who were in on the attack and the student who filmed the attack should be suspended indefinitely.

    With all of that said, without extreme pressure and nationwide attention brought on this story, we know none of this will come to fruition. This tragic incident has every indicator of what happens in a homophobic environment:

    1) The fact this happened in the first place, that other students knew what was going to happen, and no-one did anything about it (which is a sign of support).

    2) The fact this kid had bullied the gay student previously and seemingly no action was taken. Where are the teachers or any adult figure, and why didn't they step in? Why isn't the students' mother mad as hell and taking no prisoners?

    3) The fact it's taken for LGBT and liberal websites to pick up this story for it to go viral, the lack of detailed investigation of this story by the local news in Chillicothe. The complete lack of a viable response by the Union-Scioto school, in only suspending this kid 3 days.

    4) The lack of sexual orientation discriminatory protection in the school while having protections for almost all other groups.

    These schools are failing their LGBT youth, and it's time for our community at large, and our supporters, to take the bull by the horns and right the ship and demand action be taken, because as has been obvious, if we don't speak out and do something, nothing will be done.

    Posted by: Francis | Oct 27, 2011 12:30:25 PM


  14. Sue Emahl is 100% correct, it's been said many times, but it's very true. The only way these backwards school boards (and backwards areas in general) will get the message their hate and their lack of care for the well-being of their LGBT citizens is unacceptable, is by suing them and hitting them where it really hurts, which is their pocketbooks.

    It's beyond obvious if it wasn't already that they don't care what happens the LGBT students in their schools. They don't care about us, and they don't accept us. No time to play nice anymore. It's time to fight fire with fire.

    Posted by: Francis | Oct 27, 2011 12:39:39 PM


  15. Americans only respond to money and violence. Unless gays start fighting back and breaking some gay basher heads OR start pressing charges and suing for big dollars, this will continue.

    If I were this kids parent(s) I'd be requesting the police file criminal charges for premeditated assault. I'd also being seeking remedies in civil court against the school, the school district and of course the parents of the perpetrator. A three day suspension is not a punishment, but a reward. The kid has shown a propensity for extreme violence, he should never be permitted inside another public school.

    If the parent(s) decline to take action, the gay community via HRC, GLAAD should pursue it as a civil rights issue. This is simply not acceptable and should not be tolerated. Make the bastards PAY!

    Posted by: Bob R | Oct 27, 2011 12:40:00 PM


  16. In a CLASSROOM during the school day? Where's the teacher? Where are monitors? Why aren't any kids alerting a grownup? This sort of thing used to happen (when it happened to me) outside of school, after school, our of the range of school personnel. I find it really hard to believe that these kids were completely unsupervised.

    Posted by: JB | Oct 27, 2011 12:42:50 PM


  17. CALL THE NUMBER POSTED BY JE. I LEFT A MESSAGE. YOU SHOULD TOO. IT ONLY TAKES A FEW SECONDS.

    Posted by: DT | Oct 27, 2011 12:51:26 PM


  18. A three day suspension is practically an invitation to other bullies to beat the crap out of their victims. Three days is a vacation.

    Now, a six month suspension or full expulsion might make another bully hesitate and is appropriate for a premeditated violent crime.

    And, the victim absolutely must bring charges and get this bully to face some jail time. Also should bring a civil suit for money damages.

    Only harsh consequences will teach others that being a bully is not good.

    Posted by: Inis | Oct 27, 2011 12:51:54 PM


  19. I suggest all the commenters who are freaking out that there is no criminal charges go back and what the entire video. The reporter states at the end that the mother has filed charges with the prosecutors office. There will be a civil case at the least and if the county decides to (I can't imagine them not) there will be criminal charges as well.

    Posted by: jay | Oct 27, 2011 12:54:03 PM


  20. @Francis

    I'm with you. You know our state though is pretty strict right now on this subject which makes me happy to hear.

    This isn't bullying...this is assault. Three days would be if TWO people were fighting...when someone batters another person...that's assault and deserves expulsion. I mean if they caught that same kid with a non-violent drug possession he would be expelled...why not expel him over assault?

    Posted by: Rin | Oct 27, 2011 12:54:33 PM


  21. Only thing worse than someone who commits the hateful act, are the bystanders doing nothing to stop it. Now that is purely disgusting. What the hell is wrong with people?

    Posted by: Amanda | Oct 27, 2011 12:54:35 PM


  22. If you listen to the video it does say the mother is pursuing charge with the DA's office.

    Posted by: Sean | Oct 27, 2011 1:02:45 PM


  23. I'm with LIAMB on this one. The attacker should be arrested and charged with a violent criminal act (the phsyical beating) and a hate crime ("You fag..."). He should serve 5-10 years in prison, certainly not three days of suspension. The victim's parents should sue the school for failing to protect their son and failing to provide a safe environment and for not permanently removing the attacker from the school entirely. The parents of the attacker should, of course, be sued for damages of physical and mental harm caused to the victim inflicted by the attacker.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Oct 27, 2011 1:06:46 PM


  24. this is violent assault. the kid should be expelled and taken to court.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Oct 27, 2011 1:07:30 PM


  25. KIDS if you know someone that is bullying you release their names through online networks. DEFEND YOURSELVES.

    Posted by: Bosie | Oct 27, 2011 1:08:09 PM


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