An Indiana teen says he experienced a violent attack in his high school locker room over the fact that he’s gay.
According to NBC’s local Eyewitness News source 13 WTHR, a gay teen in Alexandria remarks that he’s “not ok, but will be” after an attack by fellow students at the Alexandria Monroe High School.
As the teen told the news source, he was getting dressed for gym class this past Tuesday afternoon when the moment happened.
“The guy who attacked me was standing next to my locker and wouldn’t stop staring at me, so I had a weird feeling that something was about to happen,” the student recalled.
The situation turned physical when the teen, who has chosen to remain anonymous, was pushed.
“He kept pushing me, but then he stopped pushing me and everything got quiet, so I thought he walked out,” said the teen.
Unfortunately, that’s when punches started being thrown.
“I felt him punch me a couple more times and I got hit my face on the mirror and then he punched me in the head twice,” said the student who also shares that two classmates also restrained him so he couldn’t fight back.
“It happened so fast. I can remember them holding me against the wall,” he explained.
Apparently, some other students in the locker room witnessed the scene and decided to start recording it. That footage has since been circulating around the school and town social circles. Eventually, the video reached the teen’s mother and she contacted Eyewitness News to report the incident.
As for why his sexual orientation is thought to be the prime reason for the attack, the teen shares that he knows who the attackers are. They have bullied and teased him before for being openly gay.
Eventually, another classmate stepped in and stopped the attack. The teen shares, “I don’t know who it is because it happened so fast.”
After being taken to the hospital by his mother, the teen found out that his nose had been broken in the altercation. In response to this story, School district officials say that they’re “deeply troubled” by the event. They are investigating the situation with the local police to resolve the issue.
Sources: 13 WTHR