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tc71087
12:16 AM on 10/29/2011
I wonder if he learned to hate from home. I wonder if he goes to church with his family and his minister or priest preaches that being gay is a sin. I wonder if both those are the cases, do they see the tears falling down Jesus's face weeping for the gay student for being attacked for no apparent reason other than being gay.
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Tim Flannery
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02:22 AM on 10/29/2011
TC Surely you jest... you WONDER??? It's OHIO.. I think it's a GIVEN. You can quit wondering... You're right!
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AudreyLee
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05:40 PM on 10/29/2011
HEY! I'm from Ohio and I am appalled at this kid's actions.
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Tim Flannery
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11:04 PM on 10/28/2011
Here's the cut & paste copy of that schools admin staffs email list. What if this was YOU or YOUR child, sibling, niece, nephew, cousin, friend..... THIS ATTACKER got a 3 day vacation from school (they CALLED it suspension) instead of being arrested for assault with intent to commit murder.... How would you feel? These people didn't want to report it and they have yet to stand up to have this bully arrested. Let 'em know what you think. I sure as hell did. Feel free to copy and send.

THE MORE PEOPLE WHO CC EVERY EMAIL AND USE THE SAME SUBJECT LINE IN THE EMAIL, THE MORE THIS SCHOOL'S STAFF MAY WAKE UP TO THE PROBLEM: WRITE WHAT YOU WANT, BUT DELIVER THE MESSAGE TO THE SAME STAFF WITH THE SAME SUBJECT LINE.

TO:

dgarrett@mail.gsn.k12.oh.us,
jrose@mail.gsn.k12.oh.us,
josborne@mail.gsn.k12.oh.us,
wgillott@mail.gsn.k12.oh.us,
rlovely@mail.gsn.k12.oh.us,
dletts@mail.gsn.k12.oh.us,
kmercer@mail.gsn.k12.oh.us,
mbowdle@mail.gsn.k12.oh.us,
tforcum@mail.gsn.k12.oh.us,
jmuntz@mail.gsn.k12.oh.us,
jellis@mail.gsn.k12.oh.us,

SUBJECT: ATTACK OF A GAY STUDENT CAUGHT ON VIDEO
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Erin84
11:49 PM on 10/28/2011
The school has updated its response since the video surfaced as well as students who were witnesses. The suspension was handed down before they had that evidence. The student has been charged, I believe.
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Tim Flannery
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11:57 PM on 10/28/2011
ERIN, THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS!

THIS IS EXCELLENT NEWS IF IT IS TRUE. DOES ANYONE HAVE DEFINITIVE PROOF OF CHARGES OR AN ARREST? MAYBE ALL THE EMAILS WORKED??
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Phranquenstew
10:39 AM on 10/29/2011
If true, that's a start, put what about those who did nothing? THEY should be given a punishment as well. Doing Nothing in the face of criminal behaviour or withholding evidence should be considered complicity or at least "accessory after the fact".
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Tim Flannery
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11:04 PM on 10/28/2011
Every one of you receiving this email, should be HORRIFIED that this child was attacked and beaten by a vicious bully ON YOUR WATCH. And the CRIMINAL got 3 days off school. THAT IS A REWARD FOR THIS OBVIOUSLY SICK AND TWISTED STUDENT. IT'S ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS THAT YOUR ADMINISTRA¬TION ALLOWED SUCH A RIDICULOUS "PUNISHMEN¬T."

He should be arrested for assault and battery with intent to murder. YOU should be standing up and demanding his arrest, as well as sending a message to all bullies in your area. IT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED.

Until you do so, you should be ASHAMED of yourselves for NOT standing up, and for accepting WAGES from a school that REFUSES TO PROTECT IT'S STUDENT FROM ALL FORMS OF ABUSE.

What if that beaten child was YOURS. THINK about what you'd be doing right now, instead of what you ARE NOT DOING.

I hope you are sued into oblivian, and all lose your jobs unless you stand up and demand justice for this victim.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/attack-of-gay-student-caught-on-video_n_1035436.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G427DZu4qZ8
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irocker350
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08:42 PM on 10/28/2011
why is this bully not cooling his heels in a jail cell right now?
Assault on a person in schools is ok and not a crime? and a hate crime at that!
3 days suspention? that idiot should be expelled and jailed, send a message that this will not be tolerated in any level.
That principal is a complete idiot if he thinks that a 3 day suspention is adequate punishment for this.
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Just My Thoughts 2011
Life's but a walking shadow
08:12 PM on 10/28/2011
The boy needs to be removed from the school indefinitely, and made to go into counseling. There is no way a 3 day suspension will do the trick to change this kid.
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DruDo
Get the facts first. You can distort them later.
05:44 PM on 10/28/2011
The administrators of that school should come forward publicly and answer questions as to how they came to the conclusion that three days of suspension was enough for what that bully did. I wonder how they would feel if it were their child who had been beaten up. I seriously doubt they would feel 3 days of the bully being able to lounge around at home was enough.
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03:45 PM on 10/28/2011
I remember an incident in San Jose CA a few years ago where a neighbor beat the crap out of his neighbor because he was gay. It too was caught on tape. It was deemed a Hate Crime and pursued as a Federal crime and the beater ended up in prison. While I realize prison doesn't change an attitude and it frequently makes the offender more deadly upon release, I certainly hope that this guy gets counseling and his parents as well. He still needs some type of punishment. He needs to learn what the consequences of his actions entail.
03:37 PM on 10/28/2011
THIS IS A CALL TO ACTION! If this kid did this to a dog on the street he’d be in jail right now but because he did it to a gay kid in a public school he got suspended for three days. That’s ridiculous! Below is all the information you need. Let these people know that WE DEMAND SAFE SCHOOLS FOR ALL STUDENTS!

SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT (740) 773-1185. PROSECUTORS OFFICE (740) 702-3115

Union-Scioto Local Schools District Administration: Superintendent: Dwight Garrett, dgarrett@mail.gsn.k12.oh.us

High School Principal: James Osborne, josborne@mail.gsn.k12.oh.us

Unioto High School Asst. Principal: Wilma Gillott, wgillott@mail.gsn.k12.oh.us
03:24 PM on 10/28/2011
That kid needs more than a 3-day suspension. There is something very wrong with somebody who can beat up somebody else just because they are gay.
02:47 PM on 10/28/2011
While the administration and police seem useless, I also see a troubled kid who was the bully.
This doesn't absolve his behaviour, but it didn't come out of nowhere--why was he so threatened by a gay kid? Because of religious zealots? Because he's too afraid to come out? Because he's battered himself? I hope the mother does prosecute, since nothing else is going to happen otherwise, but I hope the bully gets something other than jail which will probably turn him into a worse homophobe and make him more violent.
As for the victim, as a lesbian, I want to tell him to hang in there, we're with him, and I promise it will get better. And I hope his school changes for the better because of this.
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bjdjtjbjd
07:45 PM on 10/28/2011
I have said the very same things as you in previous post yesterday...
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Rasheed Kalifani Knowles
Nun ya
02:14 PM on 10/28/2011
At some point self-defense has to come into play. It's obvious that the authority figures around are worthless.
01:14 PM on 10/28/2011
Already sent email, but here's something even better. On the district website there is a form for "reporting bullying".

Let's all file one for this!

http://www.unioto.k12.oh.us/bulling_reporting.htm
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bjdjtjbjd
07:42 PM on 10/28/2011
Great idea...Will do!
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Tim Flannery
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11:21 PM on 10/28/2011
NOW that's worth posting... and i'm sure the district will immediate put them through the shredder.... but I'm filing one anyway!
08:17 AM on 10/29/2011
I get that you're upset by the whole thing. The community as a whole is outraged, but why WHY in all these posts are you accusing everyone of being right wing nuts who hate gays? The school punished the student before having all the facts. This is always how they have done things and things are just going to have to change. Instead of stereotyping people (which is what you probably don't want being done to gay students), work proactively to help Ohio get HB 208 passed.
12:59 PM on 10/28/2011
I went to this school and graduated from their years ago. From people I know, the school didn't know it was premeditated until the video was released. (what kid would come forward, honestly? Fear of retaliation.) it also happened during class change and the teachers have never locked the classroom when they are monitoring the halls. I'm betting the student will be expelled and the classrooms will be locked from now on. I know the teacher from that classroom and he would never put up with that happening, so this isn't a case of teacher turning a blind eye. Three days suspension is the norm there. Almost every fight was met with that punishment when I was there and when my siblings were there more recently.
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macanudo101
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02:33 PM on 10/28/2011
Thanks for your post, Ri... It definitely lets us get a better grasp on how something like this could have happened. I just hope it never happens again!
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Tim Flannery
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11:26 PM on 10/28/2011
RJ.. while your input is accurate and honest... it's really sad that this could happen, outrageous even... and it's disturbing to me that you don't show more upset... that could have been one of your siblings... Maybe I'm misinterpreting it, but it seems like you are seemingly OK with a 3 day suspension being the norm there.... why are you NOT more outraged?

VERY Confused here. Can you shed some light? Or do you just not care because you don't attend that obvious $hithole of a school...????
02:01 AM on 10/29/2011
All I'm doing is giving honest input from someone who went there: Me. I didn't realize I had to power spam the board about the outrage I do have over the whole incident. I saved that for my personal Facebook page. The school (by the way, creative use of symbols to bypass profanity filters) always treated all fights the same. I don't know if the victim approached any of his teachers or administrators, but they used to be very accommodating and took things seriously. I don't know how it is now, but many if the administrators are the same and I'm sure things will get fixed. Unfortunately, it seems in this case it'll have to be reactive since proactive didn't nip this before it started.
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Steven Peters
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12:48 PM on 10/28/2011
This is the response from Matthew S. Schmidt, the Ross County Prosecuting Attorney.

"I don’t make arrests, and I can’t change the fact that the sheriff’s deputy who responded to the scene didn’t make an arrest, and didn’t make me aware of the situation at that time. Likewise, I have no authority to punish the administration at Unioto for not appropriately penalizing the perpetrator. However I can, and will prosecute the juvenile offender when the criminal investigation into this matter, and every aspect of it, is completed.

Sincerely,

Matthew S. Schmidt"

At least Mr. Schmidt may be taking action after the supposes investigation is completed. If you'd like to send him a message, this is his email: matthewschmidt@horizonview.net

So not only did the school administrators not justifiably punish this person of a violent hate crime, the county sheriff's department didn't take any action against this attacker by much less citing or arresting him.

It seems that this school district and police department has an agenda FOR gay bashing and bullying apparently.

What the F!! is this county's problem??!?!!?!!

PLEASE people, write a letter to the school and school district and anyone else you feel may help this urgent concern.
03:59 PM on 10/28/2011
The problem there is without the evidence from the investigation, as well as not being an "at the scene" kind of thing, if he arrested the bully now, he'd get back out on procedural technicalities. He has to wait to make the arrest stick.
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Steven Peters
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05:01 PM on 10/28/2011
Yea I think its prudent of the D.A. to wait until the investigation is complete; then we'll see if the prosecutor puts his money where his mouth is, as he stated, "... I can, and will prosecute the juvenile offender when the criminal investigat­ion into this matter, and every aspect of it, is completed."

We shall see. I will be contacting the HRC in Ohio with this information.

Keep up the good fight people and do what you can; write emails and make this person pay for he did to this innocent child.
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dav0001
I can't believe you people
08:02 PM on 10/28/2011
Maybe I'm not understanding your post properly but if you're saying there's no evidence then what do you call the video? That's 100% proof the little punk did it.
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Tim Flannery
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11:34 PM on 10/28/2011
SP, Thanks for Posting That info.

While I have no doubt that what you received is directly from the DA, I gotta say... It sounds like a load of political BS to me. The District Attorney can bring charges against anyone for anything. Making it stick is the job of the PROSECUTOR.

THE DA CAN NEVER MAKE AN ARREST, (So that statement is total BS to DEFLECT what he SHOULD HAVE DONE.) He should have drawn up a warrant, to have a judge authorize the arrest based on the evidence of the video. And, knowing who the assailant is, the local police can arrest him at home, school or anywhere else they like.

It sounds like his political posturing to absolve himself of future culpability for not having taken IMMEDIATE ACTION upon viewing the video.

MORE POLITICAL BS .... and how much do you want to bet he's also a radical right wing(nut) Christian who hates gays? Be VERY Interesting to find out. We'll see what response he sends to my email. IF he even responds, I'll post it here.
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Steven Peters
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11:05 AM on 10/29/2011
Tim, I never even thought about it from that perspective, although it sounds very much like he's skirting his immediate involvement on the case until an "investigation" is completed.

I wish I knew the mother's name, or I'd contact her and urgently suggest filing charges towards the school and district for not enforcing their own 'code of conduct' rules, and further allowing her child and other students to be at risk from an obvious troubled and violent teen.

Teens KILL these days because of things like this; sadly though it seems that in order for the Sheriff's dept. or the DA's office to do anything, they seemingly are waiting for them to kill before doing anything about it.

The DA responded to me within hours after I sent the email to him. It'll be interesting to see a return reply, if at all, like you said.
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Archie1955
12:46 PM on 10/28/2011
I think the perpetrator of this crime should be cooling his heels in prison for a very long period of time and his parents should be forced to take lessons in parental guidance. I also believe the school officials are completely negligent in protecting students in the classroom and should be sued for their part in this crime.
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Tim Flannery
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01:32 AM on 10/29/2011
You think RIGHT Archie!