Westerville High School South Officials Deny Student Was Targeted With Gay Slurs


UPDATED: Thursday November 3, 2011 11:38 PM

High school officials spoke out on Thursday against claims that a fight between students was fueled by gay slurs.

The cause of the fight is under police investigation but one mother said that one allegation made was wrong, 10TV's Tanisha Mallett reported.

"I just want to really clarify that this was in no way, shape, or form about homosexuality," said the mother of the boy accused of fueling the fight with gay slurs.

The mother requested anonymity because she said threats have been made against her family.

The woman said her life has been turned upside down since Equality Ohio released its own statement about what happened, Mallett reported.

"It shocks me that there are groups out here that would just take something and run with it and make all of these allegations that are false," said the woman.

Equality Ohio released a statement that accused the woman's son of beating another student because of homophobia.

School officials said that both teens came out of separate classrooms and into the school hallway. When they met up with each other, the teens started to fight.

The school also denied the claim that the fight was fueled by homophobia, Mallett reported.

Equality Ohio said it stands by the press release and hopes people will not lose sight of the real issue which is bullying in school.

Neither teen has been suspended, however, the mother said she would keep her son at home until the threats stop.

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