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Chillicothe Teen Beaten for Being Gay

posted Oct 27, 2011, 9:33 AM by Michael Chanak

 Chillicothe Teen Beaten for Being Gay

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This week, a 15-year-old teenager was 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. Two days prior to the attack, the perpetrator harassed the victim via Facebook regarding his sexual orientation. The victim has suffered a possible concussion and dental damage. The attacker was suspended from school for just three 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. 

Ohio House Bill 208 would add sexual orientation, gender identity, and other enumerated protections to Ohio’s anti-bullying law without changing the general prohibition against any bullying or harassment.  Research demonstrates that students feel safer and actually are safer in schools that have enumerated anti-bullying policies that include sexual orientation and gender identity. Proponents of the bill are seeking testimony in the House Education Committee, but the bill has not been a priority of the committee.  

Email and call members of the House Education Committee and tell them we need to protect our students today!


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Gerald L. Stebelton, Representative (R - Chair) Phone: (614) 466-8100

Michael Henne, Representative (R) Phone: (614) 644-8051

Craig Newbold, Representative (R - Vice-Chair) Phone: (614) 466-8022

Clayton R. Luckie, Representative (D - Ranking Minority Member) Phone: (614) 466-1607

Andy Thompson, Representative (R) Phone: (614) 644-8728

Marlene Anielski, Representative (R) Phone: (614) 644-6041

Nan A. Baker, Representative (R) Phone: (614) 466-0961

Ted Celeste, Representative (D) Phone: (614) 644-6005

Andrew Brenner, Representative (R) Phone: (614) 644-6711

Jim Butler, Representative (R) Phone: (614) 644-6008

Timothy Derickson, Representative (R) Phone: (614) 644-5094

Ronald V. Gerberry, Representative (D) Phone: (614) 466-6107

Bill Hayes, Representative (R) Phone: (614) 466-2500

Bill Patmon, Representative (D) Phone: (614) 466-7954

Matt Huffman, Majority Floor Leader (R) Phone: (614) 466-9624

Casey Kozlowski, Representative (R) Phone: (614) 466-1405

Ron Maag, Representative (R) Phone: (614) 644-6023

Kristina Roegner, Representative (R) Phone: (614) 466-1177