A young boy gets beaten by two boys who end up breaking his arm. The boy is 11 years old. He was beaten after being taunted and bullied for joining a cheer leading squad for a local football team. The boys in his school called him a sissy and queer.
This really pisses me off. The boys who did this were not just being "boys". They purposely bullied their classmate. For all of those people out there that say we don't need strong and effective anti-bullying programs along with anti-homophobia instruction have a look at the video below.
This boy likely does not know if he is gay or not. His arm was broken because some boys thought it was okay to beat the crap out of another boy they assumed to be gay. Homophobia does not only affect queers, it affects all of us.
Due to many advancements in legal protections for gays, many people think its much easier in school today. This story says otherwise. Kids that appear different or do different things are cast out by those that feel its their right to do so.
These kids are not doing it on their own. They are being taught these behaviours. They may be modelling their parents, siblings, or their church preacher when they attack someone that does not appear to conform to the norm as they have learned it to be.
From grade 10 on I was the victim of bullying and homophobia, much before I learned myself that I was gay. It was okay then to beat the crap out of a homo, queer, or fag. Its still okay today as you can see. We have a long way to go before every child is afforded a safe healthy experience in a public school.
Link to Fox 8 News story - Findlay Ohio