LOWNDES, GA — (09-08-21) — Assault charges have been filed after a Georgia high school student was caught on camera beating a classmate wearing an LGBT pride flag.
Lowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk announced last Friday that a juvenile suspect at Lowndes High School had been charged with disorderly conduct, simple battery and disruption of a public facility. The charges came only one day after the video went viral after being uploaded to social media.
In the video, which appears to have been recorded in the high school’s cafeteria, a student wearing a black t-shirt can be seen running up to a table where a student in a rainbow wig sits draped in the Gay Pride Flag. The attacker violently rips the Pride flag off the seated student, forcing them to fall to the ground.
Watch Teen Assault Gay Teen draped in PRIDE Flag
i need everyone to see the scum thats here in South Ga
this just happened today at Lowndes High School, the high school i went to and my brother is currently going to, here in Valdosta pic.twitter.com/o0DWllzn4h
— José ? (@jrcamachobass) September 2, 2021
Another student, who was sitting near the victim, is then seen attempting to physically intervene as the teen attacker runs to a nearby trash can and forcefully throws the pride flag inside. The video ends while the attacker is pushing the intervening student.
The names of the students involved were not released by authorities, however, social media posts allege that the assault took place over a $5 bet and name the student who purportedly carried out the attack, according to LGBTQ Nation.
An online petition to remove the alleged attacker from the school’s sports teams had over 5,000 signatures as of this report.
“We are aware of a social media video involving two students and a Pride flag,” said Lowndes High School Assistant Principal Rodney Green. “We take the well-being and safety of our students seriously. Our staff works hard to provide a safe environment where all of our students feel valued.” said Green.
Green continued… “As soon as the Lowndes High School administration was aware, the matter was investigated, they ensured that the victim was not hurt and addressed the other student following the appropriate consequence outlined in the Student Code of Conduct,” said Green.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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