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Bully beats up gay student on video: Tell Ohio school district to protect LGBT students

A 15-year-old teenager was caught on video being severely beaten in his high school class room for being gay. The attack occurred at Union-Scioto High School in Chillicothe, Ohio, and was caught on camera as fellow class members watched one teen wait for the victim to enter the room, push him to the ground, and continually punch him in the face. The victim suffered broken teeth and a possible concussion. The perpetrator was suspended for just 3 days.

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!

This petition was delivered to:
  • Union-Scioto School District School Board President
    Sarah Cochenour
  • Union-Scioto School District School Board Vice President
    Laura Uhrig
  • Union-Scioto School District School Board Member
    Ray Storts
  • Union-Scioto School District School Board Member
    James Lovensheimer
  • Joe Smart
  • Superintendent - Union-Scioto School District
    Dwight Garrett
  • High School Principal
    James Osborne


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