• Petitioned Sarah Cochenour

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

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

    1. Petition by

      Bret Thompson

      Columbus, OH

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!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Unioto School District to revisit bullying policy

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      The Union-Scioto Superintendent Dwight Garrett told reporters the school district is still working on "possible changes" to the district's anti-bullying policy.

    2. Gay student asks district to update bullying policy

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Zach Huston, a 15-year-old student who was attacked for being gay, said he experienced taunts for more than a year while the school did nothing to help him. Now the ACLU has joined 80,000 people to ask the school district to pass a non-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation.

    3. Instinct: OH School District Drags Heels On Updating Anti-Bullying Policy

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Instinct Magazine asked, "Isn't this kind of an easy decision?" about the school district's statement that they are "considering" changing the anti-bullying policy.

    4. Union Scioto Considers Changing Anti-Bullying Policy

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      After Bret Thompson's petition received more than 75,000 signatures, the school district told NPR's WOUB they would consider a change, but at this time, the policy remains the same.

    5. Reached 75,000 signatures
    6. Ohio must have courage to confront bullying

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      The Chillicothe Gazette editorial board wrote, "Union-Scioto High School currently has an anti-bullying policy, but it does not specifically include protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity. If it did, it would send a clear message to students, teachers, administrators and parents that schools are meant to be safe and respectful learning environments for all students."

    7. Reached 50,000 signatures
    8. Teenager charged in the assault!

      Bret Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      The teenager who is shown in the video assaulting his fellow classmate has been charged with a delinquency count of assault.

    9. Reached 25,000 signatures
    10. Another attack in Ohio - major news coverage

      Bret Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      The Columbus Dispatch did a story about this petition and also covered another attack on an Ohio student that is suspected to be tied to sexual identity. Thanks so much for the 7,000 signatures and counting. We'll make sure they are delivered in person to the school administrators.

    11. Reached 7,000 signatures
    12. Unioto reviews fight discipline

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      According to the Chillicothe Gazette, school administrators plan to meet with Rebecca Collins and her son this week. Let's show them as much support as possible by sharing Bret's petition with our friends and family.

    13. Reached 750 signatures
    14. ABC: Boy Assaults Gay Student as Cellphone Captures Attack

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      ABC News interviewed the victim's mother, Rebecca Collins of Chillicothe, who described the attack and the school's response.

    15. Reached 500 signatures
    16. School re-opened investigation after video surfaced

      Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      The Union-Scioto School District re-opened their investigation of an assault of a gay 15-year-old student after video of the attack surfaced. Comments on Facebook by the attacker calling the victim a "faggot" were also not included in the initial investigation.

    17. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Stacey Humphrey WINNIPEG, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      a 3 day suspension?? REALLY?! That is nothing! He wont learn anything from that. There should have been something in place to protect him from that?! Why so much hate on gay people? They live just like we live. They bleed just like we BLEED. And they Love just like we LOVE!

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    • A M DALLAS, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      CALL THE F.B.I.! WE ARE PROTECTED NOW! CALL THE F.B.I.!

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    • Al Zlotopolski ST. LOUIS, MO
      • about 2 years ago

      I would love to give the bully a taste of his own medicine! This needs to stop now.

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    • Jason Rosselot WEDDINGTON, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      I have a home in Columbus and grew up in Fayetteville Ohio, Brown County. I am absolutely disgusted how the Ohio School system treats gay students and lets them be treated. Ohio is constantly in the news across the country because of it. The North is supposed to be more educated and more progressive. Its time to be a leader again not some backward hillbilly state.

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    • Kimberly Kasupski FLOWER MOUND, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      This disgusts me. This kid broke someone's teeth and possibly gave him a concussion, and he was only suspended for three days? That's a slap on the wrist for an obvious hate crime. Why was there no police involvement? These kids are being severely beaten specifically because they're gay, and nobody's doing anything about it? What kind of world do we live in today?

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