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Hate Crime Victim Receives Outpouring Of Support From Oakland High School: VIDEO

Stroll with Sasha

When high-schooler Sasha Fleischman wound up in the hospital as a result of a hate crime attack that left him with severe burns and in need of major skin grafts, his classmates and teachers at Berkeley's Maybeck High School came together in a show of support for the injured teen.

SashaThe support continues as students and faculty from Oakland High School, the school that Sasha's attacker attended, rallied together with the community for a "Stroll for Sasha", a small march to raise awareness of and denounce the attack while promoting respect and equality.

The Oakland High students are no slacktivists, though. Envelopes were passed around for donations and they managed to collect over $800 for Sasha and his family to help cover his medical bills, and eventually reached $1300 with a grant from the teachers union. Sasha's parents didn't release any medical specifics about their son's condition, but said that he's doing "as well as can be expected" and they hope to have him home in time for Thanksgiving. Financial support for the Fleischman's has reached over $20,000, which should make a substantial dent in the medical bills.

The assailant, 16-year-old Richard Thomas, is to be tried as an adult and was scheduled for a plea trial yesterday. Though police say that Thomas indicated that he was homophobic, Thomas' lawyer insists that his client was misconstrued and "can't even spell the word homophobic" in an interesting defense gambit that involves both belittling one's own client and requiring one to be able to spell the behaviors they are accused of before they could be convicted of crimes related to it. So, good news for gynophobic, misogynistic wife-beaters out there.

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  1. Being homophobic and not being able to spell homophobic are not inconsistent in the slightest. In fact, I bet those who can spell it are statistically less homophobic.

    Posted by: Matt | Nov 17, 2013 11:15:00 AM

  2. The alleged perpetrator is a 16 year old black, his family is black, and likely his lawyer in black, and Oakland is black. The black mother from the beginning has stated it was a "prank" and that the hate crime charge was trumped-up and her son in no way ever said he was "homophobic" to the police, as they claim the 16 year old street kid did.

    Gosh, you are so racist.

    Posted by: MIke | Nov 17, 2013 11:17:51 AM

  3. me thinks the young man charged with this crime needs new attorneys.......the current defense they are presenting is pretty weak and flimsy..........

    Posted by: Bernie | Nov 17, 2013 11:22:19 AM

  4. Matt, the police state the kid stated to them point blank "I did it because I'm homophobic." Not "I hate gays" or "don't like f+gs", but "homophobic".

    Yeah, I think it's a good bet the "hate crime" thing goes away.

    Posted by: MIke | Nov 17, 2013 11:22:42 AM

  5. I wish mike and his racism would go away. But I keep forgetting this is trollroad, not Towleroad.

    Posted by: Tyler | Nov 17, 2013 11:46:45 AM

  6. I don't give a rat's patoot about "hate crime enhancement" as long as he's convicted of the crimes he committed.

    As for his lawyer, I see he's going for the "sweet mental defective" defense. He's claiming that his client isn't very bright. When I say that people call me names.

    Posted by: Endorado | Nov 17, 2013 11:53:25 AM

  7. I applaud the efforts of the students, teachers and everyone else that is trying to help.

    I also really, really hope Sasha's family has excellent health insurance, because in the United States, even $20,000 wouldn't make a small dent in the medical bills they're probably facing, since it is my understanding that this kind of injury usually involves several, and in some cases, literally dozens of surgeries. I heard about a case just a few days ago where a woman required over 35 surgeries for severe burns.

    Posted by: Eric | Nov 17, 2013 12:02:14 PM

  8. Tyler - The last white kid killed by a black was not too long ago. The Bay Area press wouldn't even run the picture of the perpetrator. They instead posted a picture of the dead boy and called the perp a "Berkeley teen". Gee, not trying to obscure anything there are they?

    See, the problem here is that the reality doesn't match the philosophy. For decades liberals have been promoting their own view of race and race relations. The problem is that view is false. Race is not merely the "color of a person's skin" as they would have you believe. Race is an outward sign of your ethnicity, your culture. You cannot on the one hand argue that we need "Diversity" because "each culture brings value" and then claim that there are no differences; see? Well not all of the differences are good.

    There are two black Americas.. There is the black America where the bright children of the very bright Michelle and Barack go to Sidwell Friends and will date and marry other children of intelligent social climbing blacks, and then there are the ghetto blacks who are on a negative evolutionary track.

    Posted by: Endorado | Nov 17, 2013 12:07:46 PM

  9. Really happy that Sasha's schoolmates & community are rallying to show support. Spread this story if you can. Help get more people on board.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Nov 17, 2013 12:09:45 PM

  10. Eric- Four surgeries with grafts on one leg cost my insurance company $150K ten years ago. It's not the surgery that's expensive, it's the "specialized nursing" and the private room (burn victims need a private room to hopefully keep them from catching MRSA and other nasties). Basically, it works out to about $30K for drugs and peripheral therapies, $70K for "specialized nursing" and $50K for surgeries, anesthesia, oil filter and disposal fee.

    Posted by: Endorado | Nov 17, 2013 12:13:26 PM

  11. "...See, the problem here is that the reality doesn't match the philosophy. For decades liberals have been promoting their own view of race and race relations. The problem is that view is false....POSTED BY: Endorado..."

    Dear Moron; I would rather have a liberal bias towards Race relations and work fiercely to bring EVERYONE under the guise of Life Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness....then practice the Dog-Whistle, racism that you and your disgusting ilk 'Pray' upon.

    Your logic fails one major tests; The Majority of Liberals are from all different races. The Majority of Conservatives are homophobic, Racist White trolls - like YOU...and your numbers are VASTLY diminishing.

    Fortunately, We Liberals win this 'Race-Baiting' NOM Strategy you are so happily trying to instigate here.

    When your 'type' has passed on to your beloved Whites-Only Heaven, the rest of us can get busy finishing what we started; a country of INCLUSION.

    Pack your laptop and take a hike, you racist Troll; your Wites-Only feeding trough awaits.

    Posted by: Jenny 0 | Nov 17, 2013 12:23:30 PM

  12. To the writer of this article, Sasha prefers the pronouns they, their and them, not he, his or him. Sasha identifies as agender.

    Posted by: Brian | Nov 17, 2013 12:39:13 PM

  13. Brian, sorry but Sasha doesn't get to remake the English language to suit him. "They, their, and them" are plural.

    Posted by: Endorado | Nov 17, 2013 12:49:07 PM

  14. Oh Jenny, honey baby, the problem with your post is that it has no substance. You are saying that I am a big old meanie, not that I am incorrect.

    Posted by: Endorado | Nov 17, 2013 12:51:17 PM

  15. When will you people realize that Endorado is just an alias of Rick/Jason/Asam/JimBryant/Litper? It's the same guy who has 4 basic rants he recycles: liberals are bad, women are homophobic, effeminate men are a threat to masculinity, and democrats don't actually care about LGBT people.

    Trolls say ridiculous, hateful things to get a rise out of people. And since the people who run this site have made it clear they don't mind trolls posting horrible things on here, we just have to call them out.

    Endorado, or whichever name you chose to troll under: you're a pathetic waste of life and you should flat out kill yourself. We'd all be much happier if you were dead. And that is from the heart.

    Posted by: Tyler | Nov 17, 2013 1:00:31 PM

  16. I hope they put that little piece of feces, Richard Thomas, in prison for life. He'll get a taste of his own medicine and one he deserves. Let him be the prison butt-boy.

    @ENDORADO The same can be said of whites as you have said about blacks. After 30+ years of Republican control in Washington and their absolute disastrous but deliberate destruction of social fairness and economic equity in America, I can safely say that there are white elites whose children will also grow up in privilege and their lives will be lived in privilege. Meanwhile, a majority of whites will continue the downward spiral into economic subjugation and educational ignorance.

    Capitalist exploitation knows no race. It only knows how to divide and conquer and manipulate the political system for the advantage of a few and for the detriment of the economically and socially powerless majority.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Nov 17, 2013 1:26:22 PM

  17. That's a new one in law: you've got to win a spelling bee before you can be convicted of a crime. Judge: Spell the word for unlawful killing. Accused: Uh, uh, uh, starts with Z. Judge: Not guilty. Next! Setting somebody on fire is indefensible. Mr. Defense Lawyer, tell your client to plead guilty for what he did and accept the punishment he deserves. Then spell the word for lawyers like you. Hint: H-A-C-K.

    Posted by: Jim | Nov 17, 2013 1:58:41 PM

  18. lol. Gee, what a massive "outpouring" of support. Looks like about 9 people.

    Stop trying to turn a dude into a hero because he wore a dress. It is ridiculous, and his claims to be without any gender are evidence of mental disease. Prosecute his attacker to the fullest, but let's not pretend that the victim is a normal person with a huge following.

    Posted by: Tim | Nov 17, 2013 3:13:12 PM

  19. Oh Jamal, spare us your African People’s Socialist Party crappola.

    Posted by: Endorado | Nov 17, 2013 3:34:39 PM

  20. I can just hear his attorney now. "Your honor, you damned cracka, you know this m'effer didn't mean to hurt that freak. He just foolin, side's he's a might simple, know whuddah mean? An sh1t."

    Posted by: Endorado | Nov 17, 2013 3:37:42 PM

  21. Jenny the Tranny said:

    "When your 'type' has passed on to your beloved Whites-Only Heaven, the rest of us can get busy finishing what we started; a country of INCLUSION."

    Translation: "I don't have any real arguments to make, so I'll wish for your death. Then when you are dead and gone, I and others who agree with me shall rule the Earth, and we will never have to present a counter-argument to anything you have said."

    Jenny, honey, do some research on life expectancy. That white man you are trashing is gonna live waaaay longer than a tranny of any race. 40% of trannies try to kill themselves and another 30% of trannies actually do kill themselves. Suicidal behavior is the "norm" for y'all, if one can use such a word in the context of trannies. Now get back to your street corner and get to working it gurl!

    Posted by: MateoM | Nov 17, 2013 3:58:06 PM

  22. Lol, I had forgotten that Rick/endorado/Kev C had stolen MateoM's name. What a shame. Regardless, coming up with more fake names to post the exact same racist/bigoted/intolerant crap is such a desperate move. Jenny has it right, but doesn't go far enough. Because we wish people like endorado would end their lives. They simply aren't worth the oxygen or resources needed to keep them alive.

    Rick, and the aliases you go by: kill yourself. Do your parents and the world a favor and end your pathetic excuse of a life. Or perhaps one of the tricks you pay to give you a temporary affection fix will do it for you. If they do, they deserve a humanitarian award. Kill. Yourself.

    Posted by: Tyler | Nov 17, 2013 4:07:08 PM

  23. Seriously Towleroad -- why the hell do you insist on being so damn dimwitted and antagonistic to folks outside the gender binary and to folks who need to define their own gender story. Sasha does not identify as male. How about some effing respect. Dumbfounded you still don't get this after YEARS of advocacy. You make the gay press look narrow and on the wrong side of history.

    Sickened by yet another group acting like an ally and behaving like a bully.

    Posted by: Mrs. SIppi | Nov 17, 2013 4:34:09 PM

  24. "So, good news for gynophobic, misogynistic wife-beaters out there."


    Posted by: JJ | Nov 17, 2013 7:25:14 PM

  25. There's no excuse for getting Sasha's pronouns wrong. That is extremely disrespectful. The comments section may always be a sewer, but aren't the posts supposed to be better than that?

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Nov 17, 2013 9:53:32 PM

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