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Man Sues Kansas School District For Failing To Stop Homophobic Bullying: VIDEO

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A Kansas man filed a lawsuit against the Blue Valley School District that alleges school officials turned a blind eye to bullying he endured because of his perceived sexual orientation.

In addition to having his nose broken on a number of occasions and being called homophobic slurs, the unidentified man, who graduated in 2010, was allegedly doused in urine by abusive classmates and had his hand forced on a burner during cooking class. And administrators, he claims, did nothing.

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"His reports were met with indifference, inaction, or where some action was taken, the action was wholly inadequate and ineffective," according to the lawsuit.

"A few sympathetic teachers" passed on the reports to administrators, but either nothing was done or administrators "made inadequate and feeble attempts to discipline students, only to knowingly permit the physical and emotional assaults and harassment to continue," according to the lawsuit.

The plaintiff suffered emotional and physical trauma, and as a result his grades suffered. He attended classes at another facility to escape the abuse, the lawsuit claims. He still experiences physical pain and post-traumatic stress disorder issues, and is receiving counseling.

"The harassment was so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it effectively deprived (the plaintiff) of access to educational benefits or opportunities provided by the school district," according to the lawsuit.

Watch video of the report AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. I grew up there...not surprising at all. It's an affluent school district in a very right wing Republican county (are there anything else in Kansas?). Rednecks and Christianist abound!

    Posted by: Taylor | Aug 17, 2012 7:59:55 PM


  2. That part of Kansas City is mostly upper middle class conservative evangelicals and like-minded people. I'm not surprised it happened there. The whole metropolitan area turned from a great fairly liberal city with an active, thriving gay population to really hateful conservative "Christians" who made the place unlivable. But it was worse in the Kansas and Missouri suburbs and exurbs, like the Blue Valley school district in Eastern Johnson County.

    Posted by: Miche Rutledge | Aug 17, 2012 8:04:40 PM


  3. I hope this is a federal civil rights suit. Until such time as those responsible have to pay and pay substantially I fear this type of behavior will continue and one day lead to someone's death.

    Posted by: secret identity | Aug 17, 2012 8:07:24 PM


  4. I think if more victims and their parents across the country start suing schools and wining lawsuits you can bet your a$$ that schools will start taking bullying seriously & boot the bullies out. Also now that the bullies are 18 or older now, start naming names and posting pictures at their colleges.....Let's bully them back. These bullies need to be arrested (last time I checked assault is illegal no matter what) and that will get the school and the parents of the bullies in trouble as well.

    Posted by: KuMiCu | Aug 17, 2012 8:30:22 PM


  5. Well, it IS Kansas....

    Posted by: gregory brown | Aug 17, 2012 10:23:07 PM


  6. All these school districts understand is money. Every single school that tolerates this sort of bullying needs to be the target of a lawsuit. Only then will they do anything about it.

    Posted by: Justin | Aug 18, 2012 12:32:16 AM


  7. I really feel for this guy! I was harassed a little in HS but NOTHING to this extent! HS is difficult enough with all of the standard stuff adolescent kids typically go through but to have to deal with conditions like this makes me sick to my stomach! I hope he wins his case. He's clearly a strong individual for standing up for himself by voicing how he was treated and by filing this lawsuit. Stay strong and best of luck!

    Posted by: Matt | Aug 18, 2012 2:41:09 AM


  8. Students and parents need to check their state's Ethics Code for Teachers. Some states will remove the teaching credentials for ethics code violators. If students and parents start winning ethics violations and hitting people in the pocketbook, adults will step up and do their job and stop this crap. Go after the credentials of teachers, vice-principals, principals, and superintendents. It will no take long for the word to get around that unethical behavior will not be tolerated and a change between accepting and not accepting responsibility for the safety of all students will become the norm.
    Sue the bastards into submission.

    Posted by: FT | Aug 18, 2012 2:55:20 AM


  9. @taylor you must not have driven 30 minutes northwest of where you grew up. Where you would have discovered not every county is right wing republican. I grew up in Douglas County home of Lawrence Kansas. A blazing liberal blue dot in a sea of conservative red.

    Posted by: kujhawker | Aug 18, 2012 8:20:56 AM


  10. KUHAWKER......I know all about Lawrence, I spent many an afternoon and evening there with friends, I actually lost my taste for beer there having spent one too many hours in the local pubs.

    Unfortunately Douglas county is the exception not the rule and 1 out of 105 counties doesn't change the fact that Kansas is so far to the right in it's politics that it seems to be taking steps back to the 19th Century.

    Posted by: Taylor | Aug 18, 2012 8:41:13 AM


  11. Just an FYI to anyone reading this that may be suffering similar assault(s)- go to a doctor and have your injuries documented, with photos if possible. A burn on the hand from it being held on a burner can be examined, documented, and photographed so when the lawsuit happens you can submit stronger evidence for your case beyond a he-said-she-said kind of deal.

    I hope this guy gets his therapy bills paid for with some extra for pain and suffering...however I think the school should have to pay more than that to establish a neutral party type of group that can do bullying investigation since this school clearly demonstrated it was not able to do it's duty to this student and provide a safe learning environment. If instead of bullying this had been some kind of poisonous gas leak that was interfering with this guy's education, heads would have already rolled and been displayed on pikes as examples.

    Posted by: MaddM@ | Aug 18, 2012 11:00:55 AM


  12. I also grew up in Overland Park ( 99th and woodson) Then we moved to the North East where there is actual "intellectual thinking".. I moved to OPKS in the mid 60's from Michigan and was beaten up for having "long hair" It touched my collar and was over my ears !

    Posted by: MarkBoston | Aug 18, 2012 11:37:17 AM


  13. TERRIBLE! Anti-gay bullying affects gay people throughout our lives. It's disruptive at a critical time in gay people's formative years and can lead to gay people not being able to go to college, get a good paying job, being able to effectively interact with other people etc. I hope he wins. It's ashame he had to do this on his own when no one had his back.

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 18, 2012 2:31:51 PM


  14. The law suit is a good move. However, don't stop there. Get yourself into a good MMA or self defense class, so that you can kick some bully a$$. The one thing that all bullies have in common is that they want to hurt people without being hurt themselves. If they think that they might actually get hurt, they usually don't bully.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 18, 2012 8:09:47 PM


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