After a "heated" condo association meeting on Thursday, a gay couple retired to their home of 15 years on Blue Cloud Lake, in Columbus, OH. They went to sleep. When they awoke on Friday, they found anti-gay slurs spray-painted on the outside of their home in bright yellow. The smaller piece of graffiti read "Move Or Die F**s." The larger one read, simply: "Die F**s."
The objects of the harassment, David Koch and his unnamed partner -- who will soon celebrate their 25th anniversary -- believe there's a connection between the condo meeting and the graffiti. The Columbus police say the search for the culprit will be handled by the "Strategic Response Bureau," which investigates misdemeanors. In the meantime, Koch and his partner fear the harassment might escalate. "My concern is probably more like, 'is somebody gonna put rat poison in hamburger, and put it out in the yard for the dogs to eat?'"
Levi Sever, a 15-year-old student at Union-Scioto High School in Chillicothe, Ohio was charged with one count of assault this morning for brutally beating a gay student, now identified as Zachary Huston.
The assault was captured on video by the aggressor's cousin and posted to Facebook. In the video, which I posted last week, classmates stood by as Sever waited for Huston to arrive in the classroom, then grabbed him, pushed him to the ground and punched him in the face several times.
Unioto High School student Levi Sever will appear later in juvenile court to answer to the charge filed by the office of Prosecutor Matthew Schmidt following an investigation by the sheriff's office. Schmidt was not available for comment this morning. Sever is accused of assaulting 15-year-old Zachary Huston at the high school on Oct. 17, with the victim's mother contending he was targeted because he is gay. The case has captured national attention.
...Meanwhile, a second bullying incident — this time in a Westerville school — also is being called an anti-gay attack by gay-rights activists. In that case, the victim isn’t gay but reportedly has a sister who is a lesbian. However, Westerville police said this afternoon that their investigation has found no evidence the fight involved "gay bashing."
I've reposted the video which led to the assault charge as well as a report on the second attack, AFTER THE JUMP...
According to the initial report obtained Thursday by the Gazette, the two boys were on their way to a third-period class when they "bumped shoulders." The 15-year-old suspect told deputies he has a mental illness, that he "just zoned out," and didn't know why he punched Collins' son, according to the report.
Collins' son sustained a black eye, a knot behind his ear, a chipped tooth and a possible concussion, Collins said.
While Collins told deputies she thought the fight was motivated by her son's sexuality, the report indicates Osborne told the deputy he talked to the teacher and students in the classroom and no one reported the student saying anything about Collins' son's sexuality.
While the sheriff's office continues to investigate the motive, Ross County Prosecutor Matt Schmidt said his office is evaluating whether to file an assault or felonious assault charge.
"What people are failing to understand is there isn't an Ohio law to enhance it (if the assault was motivated by the victim's sexuality)," Schmidt said.
There is a federal hate crime law, he added, but the federal district attorney would have to file the charge, and Collins could approach him about it. He also said he has not heard from Collins or her son, but certainly is willing to listen to them if they want to talk with him. Schmidt anticipates filing the charge from his office today.
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Didn't have a chance to post this on Friday. NOM's pathetic hate-a-palooza tour continues today in Indianapolis.
Former NOM President Maggie Gallagher, whose organization pumped millions and millions of dollars to revoke marriage rights from families in California and Maine, had the gall to criticize demonstrators at NOM's sparsely-attended tour stop in Columbus, Ohio, declaring "hate is not a family value."
Check out the tiny crowd there to support her hateful agenda at 2:24.
NOM Tour Tracker also interviewed Gallagher briefly, asking about the absence of NOM's executive director Brian Brown in Columbus.