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Gay Teen Targeted in Ohio School Beating Caught on Camera Speaks Out for the First Time: VIDEO

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Most of you will recall the horrific beating of a gay student at Unioto-Scioto High School in Chillicothe, Ohio which made headlines not only because of its brutality, but because it was filmed by the aggressor's cousin and posted to Facebook. The video later made it to a local news station where it got national attention.

Beating_videoZachary Huston, the gay student targeted in that beating is now speaking out for the first time, and the ACLU is standing behind him, threatening Union-Scioto with a lawsuit unless the school district meets with them about putting and end to bullying and harassment.

Watch Zach's interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

The Lancaster Eagle Gazette reports:

The ACLU's letter alleges the school district was "derelict in its responsibility to provide a safe learning environment" for Zach. (James Hardiman, legal director for the ACLU of Ohio) said Monday "it's not enough to recognize or know a student was bullied. It must go further than that."

Hardiman said he does not take issue with the district's anti-bullying policy itself but rather the failure to enforce it. "It's not enough to have a policy on paper. The policy must have meaning -- it must have teeth," he said. "... Having a policy in place and not enforcing it is tantamount to not having a policy at all."

That sentiment was echoed by Zach, who said the school did "little to nothing at all," and his mother, Rebecca Collins, who said the bullying was ongoing despite her many complaints to administrators. Zach since has returned to Unioto, where Hardiman said, he has faced taunts from other students and some indifference on the part of certain educators.

As far as an update on Zach's aggressor: "Zach said the 15-year-old boy who attacked him has not been back to school since the incident. This past week, that student pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge, Ross County Prosecutor Matt Schmidt said. The judge in the case ordered a predisposition report and a victim impact statement. He also ordered the teen to wear an ankle monitor and check in with a probation officer twice a week, Schmidt said. The case is expected to be adjudicated sometime in the next month."

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  1. When a kid is being punched in the school, its time for School administrators to step in. Telling the kid to stop being a target is just more blame the victim.

    Posted by: bgk | Nov 15, 2011 10:35:37 AM


  2. SUE THE FOOLS!

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Nov 15, 2011 2:21:55 PM


  3. school administrators must prevent beatings.

    Posted by: andnowwhat | Nov 15, 2011 11:34:25 PM


  4. Unfortunately, the only way to get the attention of the school system and let them know you are serious, is to sue. This kid didn't deserve this and I hope he gets a pound of flesh and then some out of what should be a trusted institution that is however deaf to the needs of those who come to it for protection.

    Posted by: Bill Michael | Nov 16, 2011 3:37:29 AM


  5. Now that the perpetrator has literally plead guilty to committing a crime (assault) on campus, has he been disciplined? Last I heard, he was given a three day suspension; most schools expel for violence - at least the schools my kids go to expel for such violence. Has this student been or will he be expelled? Or does he just get a slap on the wrist from the district?

    Posted by: Deeelaaach | Nov 16, 2011 10:43:23 PM


  6. Shame on you America.

    and

    What sort of country is proud to have a sign outside a school proclaiming "home of Shermans (tanks)"?

    Posted by: Peter | Nov 21, 2011 2:46:36 PM


  7. I think the bullies let that tank go to their heads. I only hope that the school district learns the meaning of tolerance.

    ~Randy

    Posted by: AlterPride Project | Nov 22, 2011 4:45:10 PM


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