Student Speaks Out After He Says He Was Attacked For Being Gay
A teen spoke out on Monday after he said he was beaten for being gay.
A video of the attack showing him being beaten by another student in front of an audience of classmates went viral in October, 10TV's Glenn McEntyre reported.
The 15-year-old, Zach, who requested his last name be withheld, will be represented by the Americans Civil Liberties Union and wants more done to protect students.
Zach said based on a comment his attacker posted on Facebook the night before, he believes he was beaten because he is gay. The teen said he had been a target for bullies for years.
Zach said that the taunting turned increasingly violent.
"I got hit in the face a couple of times," the teen said. "I tried to ignore it like three times."
The teen and his mother said their repeated complaints to school administrators fell on deaf ears.
"He basically said 'There's a few gay kids in school and you're the only one they have problems with. So, what can you do to tone yourself down?'" said Zach.
"I was like, 'Wait a minute, you want my son to change, but you don't want this bully to change?"said Becky Collins, the teen's mother.
The ACLU of Ohio announced that they were representing the teen in possible legal action against the district.
"The school district should have protected (the teen) and they failed," James Hardiman, ACLU of Ohio Legal Director said.
Zach and his mother said they will no longer turn the other cheek.
"I won't be silenced," said Collins. "It's not an option right now."
The student who attacked the teen was punished. School officials would not tell 10TV what the punishment was because of privacy reasons.
The Ross County Sheriff's Office charged the attacker with assault.
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