A brutal gay bashing inside an Ohio high school classroom was captured on video last week. The grainy clip, later posted on Facebook, shows a skinny 15-year-old and openly gay male student being punched repeatedly by another heftier student. He was attacked for being gay, according to both his mother and common sense. The video is pretty graphic, but a necessity to watch, we think, since it's a regular occurrence inside U.S. schools.
Video of the attack below:
The attack happened at Union-Scioto High School in Chillicothe, Ohio, where students waited for the victim, Zach, to enter the classroom. Once inside, the unprovoked beating began.
"The boy stood there and waited on him and waited on him and waited on him," the boy's mother explains. "And as soon as he walks in the door, the boy hits him... he knocks the living crap out of him."
The young gay teen suffered broken teeth "and a possible concussion " during the jarring spat of classroom violence. And get this: his assailant was suspended for a scant three days. That's it. Furthermore, this was not the first attack to stem from the student's sexual orientation. ABC6/Fox28 News' Walter Allen reports the bully posted several anti-gay remarks on the victim's Facebook wall two days before the attack.
Seeing as how the attacker received a too-brief suspension, a petition was created to get The Union-Scioto Local School District, who don't have a policy on LGBT students from being bullied or attacked based on their sexual orientation, to responded in a harsher manner. Expulsion, to be exact.
Petition creator Bret Thompson of Columbus, Ohio notes:
Union-Scioto has no policy in place that specifically protects students from being bullied or attacked based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The Union-Scioto Local School District does have a policy that prohibits harassment based on sex, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, among others, but it does not specifically protect against harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Tell the Union-Scioto School District to protect LGBT students by prohibiting harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity and to send a message that this beating was unconscionable by expelling the perpetrator!
You can read or sign the petition (if the mood should strike) here. If you feel like calling the school to air you grievances, you can reach Union-Scioto High School at 740-773-4105.
Update: Unioto High School student Levi Sever "was charged this morning with a delinquency count of assault" in the beating of fellow classmate, Zach. The Columbus Dispatch has more details.