Attack On Gay Student By Bully At Union-Scioto High School In Chillicothe, Ohio, Caught On Video
I’m trying to think about what part of this story sickened me more: the bully that attacked this innocent student, the bully’s accomplices that videotaped this atrocity and posted it, the fact that there are no teachers around, the fact that other students watched without getting involved, the fact that the bully was only suspended three days or the fact that this bully was not arrested. How can we in America go out and say that we’re fighting against terrorism when we have terrorists right here in our own country? We are terrorizing those who are different from us or who don’t fit into this cookie cutter mold of what we feel is acceptable. This is not something that should be occurring in this day and age, much less in our schools. One of my favorite lines of the oath I took in the Army was “I will fight against terrorism both foreign AND DOMESTIC.” How in the world are these school board members, teachers, parents, lawmakers, news reporters able to lay down and sleep peacefully knowing that this bully was only SUSPENDED for three days?
This student deserves expulsion, jail time and that school needs a complete overhaul of their disciplinary procedures. Thank you to those of you who provided the details for writing to the school and the school board and the numbers to call, I am going to get others involved. This has to be stopped now before we lose any more teens because of bullying.
I just read an article and watched a very disturbing video of a young gay boy being beaten up at school while other students watched. The bully in question waited for the student to enter before he attacked him and then other students stood around watching.
The bully has only been suspended for three days.
He even has a post of Facebook where he states: This is the definition of fa****. This is one of the comments left on the Huffington Post article and I thought I’d share. I’ve gotten involved and I want all of you to as well:
THIS IS A CALL TO ACTION! Shown below are the address and phone number of Union-Scioto High School. Also shown below are the email address of the principal and superintendent: Let your voice be heard! Demand the attacker be permanently suspended - actually arrested and prosecuted. As parents, we need to take a stand that bullying and beatings will not be tolerated in our public high schools. The mother of the student that was savagely beaten needs our support:
Union-Scioto High School 14193 Pleasant Valley Road Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 740-773-4105
Superintendent: Dwight Garrett, email@example.com High School Principal: James Osborne, firstname.lastname@example.org
Email addresses for all members of the school board can be found by scrolling down for another post on this thread.
A teacher in New York was teaching her class about bullying and gave them the following exercise to perform. She had the children take a piece of paper and told them to crumple it up, stamp on it and really mess it up but do not rip it. Then she had them unfold the paper, smooth it out and look at how scarred and dirty is was. She then told them to tell it they’re sorry. Now even though they said ...they were sorry and tried to fix the paper, she pointed out all the scars they left behind. And that those scars will never go away no matter how hard they tried to fix it. That is what happens when a child bully’s another child, they may say they’re sorry but the scars are there forever. The looks on the faces of the children in the classroom told her the message hit home. Pass it on
Nowadays, I’m just tired and stressed out from the countless bullshit that goes on in my life that I tend to close myself off and ignore everyone. Including the people I care about. It’s nothing personal, People just have those days where all they want to do is shut down and escape reality.
Last year, Tsvangirai joined President Robert Mugabe in opposing homosexuality.But in the new interview he staked out an opposing position. Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change has been in a controversial power sharing government with Mugabe’s ruling Zanu-PF party. The two leaders have promised political reforms ahead of next year’s elections.
Zimbabwe is in the process of drafting a new constitution, which will be put to a referendum ahead of the elections.Homosexual acts are currently illegal in Zimbabwe, as in most African countries where many people view homosexuality as un-Christian and un-African.
Mr Tsvangirai said there is a “very strong cultural feeling” against homosexuality in Zimbabwe, but he would defend gay rights if he became president. “It’s a very controversial subject in my part of the world. My attitude is that I hope the constitution will come out with freedom of sexual orientation, for as long as it does not interfere with anybody,” said Tsvangirai.
“To me, it’s a human right,” he said.
Zimbabwe’s long-time leader Robert Mugabe — a practising Catholic — once said gays were “worse than pigs and dogs,” sparking international condemnation.In March 2010, Tsvangirai said gay rights was not up for discussion in Zimbabwe. ”I totally agree with the president,” he said at the time.
Tsvangirai’s dramatic change suggests that he is now courting votes from Zimbabwe’s more liberal, educated parts of society. Also he is hoping to maintain support for the human rights community. He now wants Zimbabwe to adopt a liberal policy, similar to that of neighboring South Africa.
He will face strong resistance from Mugabe, who will exploit Tsvangirai’s U-turn to drum up support for himself in the run-up to the election, correspondents say.It will be Zimbabwe’s first general election since Tsvangirai’s MDC party formed a unity government with Mugabe’s Zanu-PF after polls in 2008.Those elections were marred by widespread violence and rigging, with Tsvangirai boycotting a run-off vote.
The coalition — formed under pressure from regional leaders — has stabilized the country, but tension has been rising ahead of next year’s vote.The two parties have not yet to agreed on political and security reforms to guarantee a free and fair poll. Nor has a draft of a new constitution been agreed upon. Several public meetings on a constitution have been disrupted by angry Zanu-PF demonstrators.
Outraged at the presidential candidate’s claim that a person chooses to be gay, columnist Dan Savage has challenged Herman Cain to prove that this is a choice by turning gay himself.
He posted the following open letter to Cain on his blog:
Dear Herman, If being gay is a choice, show us the proof. Choose it. Choose to be gay yourself. Show America how that’s done, Herman, show us how a man can choose to be gay. Suck my dick, Herman. Name the time and the place and I’ll bring my dick and a camera crew and you can suck me off and win the argument. Very sincerely yours, Dan Savage
When someone argues that being gay is a choice, he’s not just insulting gay people. (And ignoring the science of sexual orientation.) He’s insulting straight people. If homosexuality is a choice, then so is heterosexuality. Last night on CNN Herman Cain said that being straight is something that a straight person can take or leave. Herman Cain believes that heterosexuality is something a heterosexual can decide to walk away from, like a underwater house or a lousy meal. Straight people should get angry when they hear a straight person making this argument.
Is this the right way to make a point?
A big part of me wants to say yes this is the right way, but at the same time, it’s so…aggressive and so in your face that I fear that Dan may have done more harm than good, by making us seem crass and overly sensitive (as far as the whole “come suck my dick,” statement. But yes, to say that we choose to live a life where we will be harassed, insulted, attacked, belittled, disowned, cast aside, mistreated, abused and oppressed is offensive and does require some sort of response, but maybe not one that makes it seem as though we are crass and classless.
However, a big part of me still wants to give Dan Savage a standing ovation.
-Vic (V. Vee-transgender homosexual author of M/M Romance)