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US student given 90 days in juvenile detention for attacking gay classmate

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  1. September Meadows 30 Nov 2011, 4:50pm

    I want to read updates on this story. What has been the schools reaction to this attack? Will 45 days in detention and forced counseling make any difference in the attitude of the attacmore subversive in his attacks?ker or just make him

  2. Levi needs shock treatment, that will cure his homophobia.

    1. jamestoronto 30 Nov 2011, 7:28pm

      Shock treatment will no more “cure” homophobia than it can cure “homosexuality” Fortunately, this barbaric procedure has fallen into disrepute in most of the medical circles. Barbarism should not be tolerated in order to combat another form of barbarism.

      1. jamestoronto 30 Nov 2011, 7:31pm

        Sorry – quotes should have been around the second “cure”& not around homosexuality

  3. More than likely, the kid is gay himself. But they should also send the adults to prison who taught him to be a bully.

  4. PumpkinPie 1 Dec 2011, 4:20am

    The person who filmed the incident and then uploaded it to the internet should be suspended, too. The fact that the videotape helped secure Levi’s conviction is irrelevant: the uploader clearly meant to humiliate, not help the victim. Bullying is not just physical.

    I did a little research on this story and it turns out that the victim has endured bullying on numerous occasions, over the last year at his school. Not only has the school done nothing to help him, they’ve actually given him the classic victim-blaming treatment of “maybe you should tone yourself down and try not to draw attention”.

    So now he’s going to sue them! And good luck to him!

    1. PumpkinPie 1 Dec 2011, 4:28am

      Also, 1.5 months in juvie, plus counselling, is more than these bullies ever usually get, and it makes for a nice change, but it’s still too little.

      This was a sustained assault (the victim suffered a chipped tooth and a concussion from fists alone), it was completely unprovoked and it was a hate crime. Even taking the assailant’s age into account, I’d think he should be locked up for 6 months at the very least.

  5. When this incident happened I posted the video news link to it here on pink news. It was heartbreaking to hear both the victim and the mother speak about the bullying he endured in the school.

    The video showed clips from the beating.

    After seeing the beating the victim received. Will 90 days in detention and counseling deal appropriately with the boy who’s anger and hatred show he is a ticking time bomb?.

    The school district how ever should still be accountable to address the situation of bullying. They were fully aware of the situation being ongoing and did nothing to protect the victim. Instead they suspended the bully for 5 days. Where as he should have been expelled, more so when his 90 days expire.

  6. By their inaction the school legally is held directly responsible. They have a legal duty to care for each child that is in their care.

    Why do they not get this? What is so difficult to understand that effectively in school they become the parent with all legal responsibility.

    Honestly, sometimes I just despair of America. It may champion itself as a champion of freedom but really it’s about as backward and regressive as they come.

    1. At least America punished the kid properly, treating him like a criminal. And yes, the school should have done more to prevent it, but how many schools in Britain are taken to court for inaction over homophobic bullying? In fact, as late as 1997 (and it technically remained law until 2003), teachers in Britain feared even telling kids off for homophobic bullying, as they knew they could face disciplinary action for ‘promoting homosexuality’. So lay off America.

      Also, ‘about as backward and regressive as they come’? There are countries where the law obliges people to kill gays. America may be far from perfect, and many of its citizens may be very bigoted people, but at least a lot of Americans are clearly trying to make it better.

  7. Good. They should take that approach in Britain- if anybody over the age of criminal responsibility attacks a gay person in the steet, it’s a crime, but when they do it in a school they just get a slap on the wrist. Nice to see that at least somewhere they’re taking this stuff seriously, and realise that teenagers should also get protection from the law.

  8. Teknoranger 7 Dec 2011, 12:17pm

    Send Levi to an adult prison for 90 days–there he WILL learn a lesson about being bullied! And the school certainly deserves to be sued for a HUGE amount.

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