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UPDATED: Friday November 4, 2011 10:29 AM

The Westerville City School District is investigating a fight that occurred inside Westerville South High School earlier this week.

A ninth-grade boy was allegedly targeted with gay slurs inside the school and then was beaten in front of another student, 10TV's Jason Frazer reported.

"The alleged assailant said, 'I have beat you in fifth grade and I can beat you up now,'" said Kim Welter, of Equality Ohio, a group dedicated to equal rights regardless of sexual orientation.

Welter said that she received a call from the alleged victim's mother minutes after the fight occurred.

"He suffered a concussion, nothing more serious than that," Welter said.

The alleged victim is not gay but his sister is a lesbian, according to Equality Ohio.  According to the organization, the incident is one example of a growing problem.

Last week, a Unioto student was caught on camera bullying and attacking a gay classmate, 10TV News reported.

"Just suspending students isn't the answer to bullying," Welter said.  "We need to be doing a whole lot more talking about how we treat each other and that we respect each other and that no bullying is tolerated."

The Westerville City School District released a statement that said that no discipline has been administered for either student involved until an investigation is completed.

"We have been in contact with the families of the students involved and will work with them to resolve this matter," the statement read.

According to the district, the fight was quickly broken up by a teacher.  One student was taken to a school nurse and missed school on Wednesday.  The other student attended school on Wednesday but was not expected in class on Thursday.

The district said it was not aware of any slurs until after it received a press release from Equality Ohio.  School administrators said no slurs were mentioned when they interviewed the students after the incident.

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