Some of you may recall an earlier posting I had about a gay student who was viciously beaten up at his high school in Chillicothe, Ohio.
It turns out that the bully who committed that crime has not been back to school since the incident. Apparently, he was charged by the authorities and recently pleaded guilty to assault: “The judge in the case ordered a predisposition report and a victim impact statement. He also ordered the teen to wear an ankle monitor and check in with a probation officer twice a week …”
In the meantime, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has come to the defense of Zachary Huston, the student who was beaten, and is threatening the school district with legal action if they do not enforce policies against bullying. You can learn more here and here.
Incidents like this remind us again what a terrific organization ACLU is for defending the rights of students like Zack. And, yes, you heard me right. All high school students, including gay students, do have rights, at least in the United States. You can review what they are here. And you can download a pdf copy of your rights below: