Thursday, October 27, 2011
Oh No, It's Not A Problem At All
This is for those people who think bullying isn't an issue, and for those teachers who do nothing, and for those students who videotape a beating and do nothing.
A student, whose name is being withheld, at Union-Scioto High School in Chillicothe, Ohio was brutally beaten this week by another student simply for being gay.
That's bad, no? But what's worse is that other classmates sat idly by, either doing nothing, or whipping out their handy cellphones so they can film the beating to post as a trophy on their Facebook wall.
The bully, who name is also being withheld, until, I hope, he is arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, stood waiting for the gay student to enter the classroom. The the bully grabbed him, pushed him to the ground and punched him in the face several times.
And this wasn't the first time. The bully had harassed the gay student on Facebook a few days earlier, writing, as the comment on a photo of him: "You fag. Check out the definition of a fag."
This young gay man, who did nothing, who, in fact, tried to walk away from the fight, has suffered a possible concussion and dental damage. His attacker was suspended from school for just three days.
Three days. For harassing, taunting teasing, then lying in wait and physically assaulting another human being simply for being gay. That young man, that bully, needs to be prosecuted for a Hate Crime, and those students who filmed the attack, who did nothing but giggle, and who then posted the footage on Facebook, should be held accountable, too.
This seriously has to stop. Equality Ohio notes that "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."
Basically, there is no problem with beating up a gay kid, is what they're saying.
Worse yet is that, according again to Equality Ohio, while an anti-bullying bill is pending in Ohio's legislature, that would add sexual orientation, gender identity, and other enumerated protections to Ohio’s anti-bullying law, the bill has not been a priority of the committee.
Students did nothing to help this young man being beaten for being gay.
The school ad the school, district have done nothing to protect him while at school.
And the state of Ohio does nothing to protect gay kids at all.
Does this sound right to anyone?