Two teens at a Kansas school have been suspended – for allegedly threatening to slash the throat of a lesbian classmate.
17-year-old Hannah Reno, who is a junior at Basehor-Linwood High School near Kansas City, spoke out about her experiences.
The keen saxophone player told Fox 4 that two male classmates had sent her abusive Facebook messages – with song lyrics encouraging her to kill herself.
She said: “It was just extremely nasty. It addressed things like my sexuality, and it addressed him wanting to kill me, and him wanting me to kill myself.”
Her father Brian Reno said: “They wanted to cut her throat, shoot her, they wanted her to slit her wrists and cut her own throat.”
“She was almost hysterical… she couldn’t believe that she was attacked because of her sexual preference.”
Mr Reno contacted the police about the incident – but was told to deal with the matter through the school.
He continued: “I was extremely upset; I felt bad for her because she got attacked for absolutely no reason at all.”
The two students have been suspended for severe disrespect and intimidation of another student – but the family says the punishment does not go far enough.
Ms Reno added she feels “unsafe” because of the threats, saying:”It is definitely inappropriate to target somebody for their sexuality. It’s inappropriate to target anyone and write a song that’s wanting them to die.”
Her father added: “If this was a bomb threat in a song, what would have happened?
“That school would have been on lock down, but because of my daughter’s sexual preferences being questioned, they’re trying to minimize this, and I do not like this at all.”
The school confirmed two teens had been suspended but issued no further comment.
Watch the Fox report below: