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Despite the brutalbeating being caughton video, the bully re-ceived only three dayssuspension.However, thebasher, Levi Sever,also 15, was latercharged with onecount of assault forthe brutal beating.The video was madeby the aggressor'scousin and posted toFacebook. The video,also showed class-mates standing by asSever waited for thevictim to arrive in theclassroom, thengrabbed him, pushedhim to the ground andbeat him.The
reports:Unioto High Schoolstudent Levi Severwill appear later inRoss County JuvenileCourt to answer to thecharge filed by theoffice of ProsecutorMatthew Schmidtfollowing an investi-gation by the sheriff'soffice. Schmidt wasnot available forcomment when theDispatch story waswritten. Sever isaccused of assaultingHuston at the highschool on October 17,with the victim'smother contending hewas targeted becausehe is Gay. The casehas captured nationalattention.The Union-Sciotoschool district has ananti-bullying policythat protects forgender, race, religion,ethnicity, nationalorigin, and disability— but not sexualorientation or genderidentity.Student leaders atnearby ChillicotheHigh School (
)organized a press con-ference to furtherdistance themselvesfrom the controversysurrounding thealleged assault atUnioto High School.Initial reports insome out-of-townnews media referredto the aggressor as “aChillicothe HighSchool student,”leading some readingabout or hearing thereport to think theincident happened atChillicothe HighSchool. In the daysthat followed, CHSPrincipal Jeff Fisherand ChillicotheSuperintendent JonSaxton said theyreceived hundreds of e.mails, many of themnegative, from peoplewho wrongly assumedthe incident took placeat CHS.“It hurt,” Fishersaid. “Driving toschool, hearing aColumbus radiostation reference a‘Chillicothe HighSchool student’ atleast 17 times beforegetting around tomentioning the schoolthat was actuallyinvolved, that upsetme.”Saxton issued astatement and filmed aYouTube videomessage to clarify theincident did not occurwithin the schooldistrict, but studentcouncil leadersdecided to clear theair, according to the
.The students, withhelp from Fisher,highlighted efforts byCHS to create aninclusive and safeenvironment for allstudents and invitedrepresentatives fromstate and national Gayrights advocacygroups to join them.Bret Thompson wasappalled when he readabout the UniotoSchool District’s laxhandling of such aserious incident. Bretstarted a petition on
demand-ing that the schooldistrict enact an anti-bullying policy thatwill protect LGBTstudents to preventfuture beatings likethis one.The victim’s mom,Rebecca Collins, saysthis wasn’t the firsttime her son wasbullied for being Gay.In fact, just two daysbefore the beating, herson posted a picture of himself on Facebook,and the boy who laterbeat him up com-mented that thepicture was “the defin-ition of a fag.”A statement fromChillicothe’s LGBTQPeer Group reads:“We can only say thatwe are deeply sad-dened by the tragicevent itself and theslow response of theschool to address theseriousness of it. Yetwe are also encourag-ed and full of pride forthe many people, com-munity members andallies alike, who havestepped forward in ourarea to address theUnioto assault as wellas the serious lack of protections for all of the children in our cityand county schools.They are working sideby side with their in-dividual expertise,experience, andpassion to create andadvocate standards forour schools that holdall students equal andaccountable. It is in-spiring.”Jac Stringer of
, a Cincin-natian, wrote on hisBlog, “The video (
of the beating
) has goneviral, but since I tendto find the promotionof such things withoutthe express consent of those involved to beexploitative andsickening you will notfind it on this blog (
nomatter how ‘moving’ it may be to the audi-encelooking on from thesafety of the present
).Unioto Schools servestudents mainly inUnion and SciotoTownships in RossCounty. Chillicothe isthe county seat.
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