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Portland Teens Carve Swastika into Schoolmate's Forehead, Say He Called Someone 'Gay': VIDEO


Dustyn Murrain (above) experienced a harrowing ordeal last week when he was attacked and tortured in a shed by four peers, two of whom he claimed as friends. Murrain was beaten in the head with a crowbar, received shots to the chest and groin with a BB-gun, and then had a swastika carved into his forehead, likely by Blue Kalmbach, a student who claims that Murrain bullied them (by calling one of them 'gay') first.

TeensDustyn's mother, Kelli Murrain, has said that whether her son bullied the four teens or not--she does not believe that he did--his verbal harassment should never have constituted such extreme physical backlash.

KATU.com reports:

"I've been called lots of names and I never went out and shot anybody or beat them in the head with a crowbar," [Kelli Murrain] said.

Murrain says her son had emergency surgery Monday night for the BB shot that went through his groin area. He has staples in his head from getting hit with a crowbar...
It's a cold indifference Kelli Murrain finds difficult to fathom.
"These kids threw away their lives and they don't even get it," she said. "They don't understand what they did. They're still making excuses. It's like OK ... maybe you'll get it when you're sitting in jail."
Another student, Curtis Floyd Wilkinson from David Douglas High School, came forward to speak out against Kalmbach as well, claiming that he was friends with Kalmbach until he began to bully him by kicking the backs of his legs while walking down the school hallway. Wilkinson spent time in a psychiatric ward for severe depression, and he links Kalmback to that stint.
"The bullying thing at school can get really really bad and people should probably know about it. This should not go unnoticed and should really be looked at," Wilkinson said.
Murrain, still rattled about his experience, will have both mental and physical scars to remind him of his torture.
"Why they would carve a swastika in his forehead? It's something he'll never forget, if the scar doesn't go away; every time he looks in the mirror he's going to be reminded of what happened to him," [his mom] said.

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  1. What goes around comes around.

    Posted by: DenMX | Feb 20, 2014 1:06:43 PM

  2. The lad may be a fuckwit but it doesn't sound as if his harassment /bullying deserves this kind of response. Simply beating him would have sufficed. Our responses to mistreatment ought to bear some relation to the degree of hurt inflicted on us. An injurious physical attack would be a different matter.

    Posted by: gregorybrown | Feb 20, 2014 1:07:27 PM

  3. They playing "gay excuse card" for this sociopathic action...

    Posted by: styler | Feb 20, 2014 1:11:30 PM

  4. Don't any of these people have a mirror ?

    Don't call someone 'gay' in a derogatory manner; it's disrespectful and invariably intended as a put-down.

    'Why a swastica ?'
    Because he's a fascist.

    I'm reluctant to condemn anyone for fighting back against a bully until I hear the full story and I'm taking that mother's account of her 'innocent' with a pinch of salt.
    that said , the kids may have become bullies or taken things too far . We shall see.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 20, 2014 1:15:05 PM

  5. When is carving a swastika into someone's forehead NOT taking it too far, exactly?


    Posted by: Joey | Feb 20, 2014 1:32:34 PM

  6. The crobar was a bit excessive. Otherwise, boo hoo.

    Posted by: FFS | Feb 20, 2014 1:34:05 PM

  7. They always say that the only way to get back at a bully is to give them a taste of their own medicine. Sorry, but unless you have been in the shoes of someone who has been bullied mercilessly by a psychopath you will never understand. The kid probably got what he deserved, and of course they are the ones to cry victim the loudest when the bullied fight back.

    Posted by: crazycorgi | Feb 20, 2014 1:35:57 PM

  8. Nothing the victim could have done justifies shooting him in the groin, and carving a swastika in his forehead.

    But the message we constantly get from the TV is that the US is essentially a lawless land, with each person empowering themselves to administer whatever brand of justice they see fit, with impunity.

    I hope they are harshly punished for this.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 20, 2014 1:38:16 PM


    I think both sides need to be heard here too. There's more to this story than we've heard.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Feb 20, 2014 1:45:20 PM

  10. @ JOEY :

    When he is a fascist bully pig.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 20, 2014 1:46:02 PM

  11. And where were the "adults"? And where were the "teachers"? Somebody was supposed to be in charge, and failed miserably.

    Posted by: Joel | Feb 20, 2014 1:51:08 PM

  12. Actually, this isn't complicated at all. You have the right to use physical force to defend yourself against someone initiating it against you, and that's it.

    LGBT people should be the last ones defending this kind of thing.

    Posted by: Booker | Feb 20, 2014 1:54:38 PM

  13. Finally! Black Americans got no respect until the Black Panthers came into existence -- which was the first time white people were afraid of black men.

    We need to make bullies afraid. Learn from history.

    Thank you, Portlanders!

    Posted by: slappy | Feb 20, 2014 1:58:47 PM

  14. Send them ALL to jail, including the victim/bully

    Posted by: Perry | Feb 20, 2014 2:16:54 PM

  15. Why would he let his friends do this to him? It's his fault for not fighting back.

    Posted by: Kev C | Feb 20, 2014 2:34:24 PM

  16. God, how many people are ready to justifie violence.
    One thing is fight back and other very different torturing the bully, and frankly, he must do something more than call someone gay to be considered a bully.

    Because if that's what the word he used i don't know who is more homophobic the one who said it or the one who was so offended who tortured him (with the coward help of three friends)

    Posted by: jjose712 | Feb 20, 2014 2:36:56 PM

  17. Well, I'm sure everyone will have their version of events. The problem is that the law does not deal with bullying like you might expect. The first thing is to get a restraining order, which is sometimes difficult if they attend the same school, but it's doable. You can't escalate the situation with any kind of harassment or violence, though.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 20, 2014 2:39:50 PM

  18. There was no justification for this kind of attack. They could have killed the kid. They hit a kid in the head with a crowbar. They all would be convicted for murder.

    Also, did people miss the part about one of the attackers being such a bully that caused another teen to become severely depressed, requiring hospitalization?

    "Wilkinson said 15-year old Blue Kalmbach (one of the attackers) was originally his friend but started putting him down and bullying him. He said Kalmbach would do things like kick him in the back of the leg as he walked down the hallway at school.

    Wilkinson said Kalmbach was one of the reasons he wound up in a psychiatric ward with severe depression."

    This is just wrong. Also, they should be charged as juveniles not as adults. They were horribly violent but don't deserve to spend the rest of their lives shackled with adult felony convictions on their records.

    Posted by: Harris | Feb 20, 2014 3:12:47 PM

  19. What's more permanent the swastika scar or hospitalization in a psych ward for severe depression?

    Think about 11 year old Michael Marone life & death in a coma.

    Posted by: BOOM! | Feb 20, 2014 3:12:58 PM

  20. Bullying has got to stop. Period.

    Posted by: BOOM! | Feb 20, 2014 3:30:31 PM

  21. These kids went way too far and will now pay the price whether the victim was a bully or not. If you want to stand your ground and overreact move to Florida.

    Posted by: Dearcomrade | Feb 20, 2014 4:08:26 PM

  22. If there is justice, they will get a lighter sentence than Zimmerman did and a similar sentence as Murrain would get for the bullying that caused Wilkinson to be in a psyche ward and what the guy got for filming that kid at college before he jumped off the bridge.

    Posted by: Steve Talbert | Feb 20, 2014 4:34:49 PM

  23. I have been wondering when the gay kids were going to figure out that they could team up and exact revenge. It looks like they are catching on. Next time, use your fists. We already know that when you attack someone with your fists you are described as "an unarmed teen just getting some Skittles…."

    Posted by: enchantra | Feb 20, 2014 4:34:59 PM

  24. A BB to the pee-pee. Payback's a 8itch.

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | Feb 20, 2014 4:50:53 PM

  25. Yeah sorry but they took it too far and now it's coming out that the one who was the most violent may have actually been the real bully.

    Secondly I think many people need to brush up on what actual bullying is. Bullying, like forms of oppression is ongoing and not just a one case thing. Someone calling you a fag once then you never seeing them again is not bullying. You were harrassed. Bullying is going to school 5 days a week and having the same tormentors call you a fag or think of other ways to humiliate you, then going home and getting phone calls from said bullies privately telling you to kill yourself.

    I'm so sick of people crying bullying when it's something minor like someone telling them they're ugly once. You undermine real bullying and torment kids go through everyday.

    Back to the article, if this guy did indeed call one of his attackers gay, yes that was wrong but in no way does it warrant the kind of attack they imposed on him. How is carving a swastika on anyone's forehead a reasonable punishment?

    Posted by: Derrick | Feb 20, 2014 5:03:08 PM

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