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FL School Decides Against Expelling Student Who Defended Gay Student From Attacker: VIDEO


Mark Betterson, a student at East Lee County High School in Lehigh Acres, Florida who was suspended after trying to stop another student from beating a gay student, has now been allowed to return to school. The news came after Betterson attended a punishment hearing Monday morning, NBC2 reports:

Betterson says he got into the fight with another student after that student hit another kid for being gay, and he says -- given the choice -- he would defend the victim again. 

"Bullying isn't called for, and everyone should be respected for what they want to be and what they want to do," Betterson said.


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  1. Cool Kid! It is so great to see how little this next generation cares about the sexuality of someone else. Also, I guess this dispels the notion so many on this site hold that minorities (blacks specifically) are the main stumbling block to equality. Not every minority is anti-gay...

    Posted by: cdubios | Feb 14, 2014 1:35:40 PM

  2. This young man is the definition of a hero. BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: robertL | Feb 14, 2014 1:36:59 PM

  3. How 'nice' of them. RME.

    He should send them a bill for being campus security.

    Posted by: Lexis | Feb 14, 2014 1:37:32 PM

  4. Someone should give this guy a scholarship for doing the right thing. If only more people would stand up to bullies...

    Posted by: ColinATL | Feb 14, 2014 1:54:59 PM

  5. Did they expel the kid who started it, and who now faces criminal charges?

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 14, 2014 2:12:36 PM

  6. @CDUBOIS: Huh? If "this next generation cares so little about the sexuality of someone else," why did the bullying incident happen in the first place? Why did Betterson come to the aid of the gay student?

    On the contrary, this incident shows that despite gains we've made, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. It's a positive story that Betterson got involved, but it's because they *do* care (in both directions) that it happened at all.

    Posted by: Rrhain | Feb 14, 2014 2:20:16 PM

  7. HEY, ELLEN! Give this guy a Shutterfly scholarship.

    Posted by: YSOSERIOUS | Feb 14, 2014 2:26:08 PM

  8. Sad that it is news when our educational establishment does something obviously right.

    Posted by: Joel | Feb 14, 2014 2:40:57 PM

  9. Not only is Mr Betterson a hero--and definitely a "better son" - he's one hot young man. He can feel free to rescue me anytime he likes.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Feb 14, 2014 3:01:12 PM

  10. What is wrong with our education system that allows the bully to get away with bullying but punish the victims?!? WTFrock?!?

    Posted by: Owens | Feb 14, 2014 3:21:56 PM

  11. rrhain - I was less than clear. There was a time when most other kids would join in or simply ignore this bullying incident as gayness was seen as something "weird." It is heartening to see that kids have evolved to a point where many see this bullying as inappropriate, so much so that they even intervene. They seem as if they "don't care" about another persons sexuality to the extent that they recognize it is a personal trait that doesn't/shouldn't really effect or concern others. I didn't mean to imply that sexuality is something that is never thought about or a topic of discussion among that generation, even negatively. I recognize how much further we need to go, but it is nice to see in this next generation far less hang-ups about sexuality and personal freedom.... and I'm done, that was a long clarification : )

    Posted by: cdubios | Feb 14, 2014 3:26:42 PM

  12. @Owens: If you bothered to take 2 minutes to read the linked article, you'd know that the attacker was "arrested and faces battery charges".

    To paraphrase: Something is wrong with our education system because it produces people who make wildly inaccurate statements without knowing the facts.

    Posted by: alex | Feb 14, 2014 6:04:07 PM

  13. Ellen, bring this honorable boy on your show and give him a new car and trip to Australia!

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 14, 2014 6:28:33 PM

  14. But all blacks are homophobic eh whiteys.

    Posted by: Derrick | Feb 14, 2014 9:22:20 PM

  15. Derricka, give it a rest you old worn out tire.

    Posted by: enchantra | Feb 15, 2014 1:34:56 PM

  16. Mark Betterson is a stand up guy. He has more common sense and courage than the pin heads who run his school.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 15, 2014 6:22:55 PM

  17. @ "Derricka, give it a rest you old worn out tire."

    You silly old b.tch. That's the young Derrick. I'm the one that's old like your old azz.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 17, 2014 10:21:12 AM

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