After going viral on Twitter for delivering the anti-bullying slap heard round the world, Indiana high school student Jordan Steffy sat down with Tamron Hall to explain what led up to the confrontation with his bully.
The junior at LaPorte High School in Indiana told Hall that a friend had shown him a graphic posted on Snapchat that contained a photo of him with the text “I still hate gays” and some emojis.
Steffy says he didn’t even know the student who posted the graphic.
“That hit me like, I don’t even know who this is,” Steffy said after seeing the post. “I just didn’t even know what to do.”
And so Steffy decided to approach the bully before class and ask about the post.
“I had walked into the class and I had the post right on my phone because I was going to ask him why he posted it,” Steffy said. “And I walked to his desk, I met him there, and I showed him, ‘What is this?’”
“It’s just a post.” the bully responded.
“About me right?” Steffy clarified.
“Yeah, and? What are you going to do about it?” the bully spit back.
When I say that this baby slapped him with the hands of Harvey Milk and EVERY ancestor at Stone Wall…. pic.twitter.com/3ycoR9rcgz
— Dr. Jon Paul (They/Them/Tired) 🏳️🌈✊🏾 (@DoctorJonPaul) November 9, 2019
Steffy admits the physical altercation began at that point when he shoved the bully.
At this point, Hall tried to get to the deeper causation that years of bullying creates asking, “When you shoved him first, was that about him, or just years of this, and he’s the breaking point?”
“Years – it was years and years, over and built up,” Steffy shared.
“In that video, he [the bully] called you the slur multiple times?” asks Hall as Steffy shakes his head yes.
“When you saw the video, Angie, and you saw what he was going through – it’s one thing for your child to come home and say I’m being bullied. It’s another thing to see it on video. What did you think?” Hall asked Jordan’s mother, Angie Steffy.
“It just makes me mad,” said the tearful mother. “I’m tired of it. I’m tired of him going through that. I’m happy he stood up for himself. I’m not happy he was cussing like that. I don’t like him hitting.”
“But he knows – he had enough. He had enough,” added Angie as the audience applauds.
Steffy is currently suspended from school due to the incident, and his mother had decided to homeschool her son after seeing how he was being treated at school.
Talking about going back to his high school one last time becomes an emotional moment for both son and mother to such a point that Hall comforts them both saying, “This is breaking your mom’s heart. The people watching, we’re rooting for you in every way. It’ll be ok. It’ll be ok.”
The effect of LGBTQ bullying, folks. Here it is. And it’s heartbreaking.