Complaint filed on behalf teen bullied for being gay

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A complaint has been filed on behalf of a Southport High School student who claims he’s being bullied because he’s gay.

Get Equal Indiana filed a complaint with the city’s Office of Equal Opportunity, Thursday, saying the teen is being denied access to a hostile free education.

Last week, Fox59 interviewed the teen, known only as W.R., after he claimed he was attacked on a Perry Township school bus.

W.R. says he got into an argument with two fellow students after they began picking on his friend. A short time later, he says they turned their attention to him, attacking his sexuality.

“(They were) calling me a ‘f**’,” W.R. said.

Soon after, he says the slurs gave way to threats.

“Whenever we neared my stop, they were talking about how they wanted to get off the bus and ‘beat my a**,’” W.R. said.

When the bus did stop, W.R. says he got up to leave, but one of the boys stood up to block the aisle.

“I tried to push him out of the way, just to be able to get off the bus,” W.R. said. “And if he was going to try and harm me, just to run home.”

He says that’s when things turned violent.

“He grabbed me by the backpack, pulled me into a chokehold, put me into one of the seats,” W.R. said. “He punched me three times, and then put me into a chokehold and strangled me for a good 10 seconds.”

Despite suffering bruises to the neck, mouth and face, W.R. says the bus driver kicked both of them off the bus.

Perry Township officials said they are investigating the allegations.

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