Fla. Student Suspended for Defending Gay Student in Attack
A Florida high school student was suspended last week for 10 days after defending an openly gay student who was being bullied and assaulted by another classmate - despite the fact that the alleged attacker has been charged with battery, Fort Myers Naples, Fla.’s Fox affiliate WFTX-TV reports.
Mark Betterson, a student at East Lee County High School, has been suspended for nearly two weeks after getting in the middle of a fight Thursday in order to protect a bullied gay student. Betterson said he needed to do something when James Griffin, 18, allegedly threw milk in Jonathan Colon’s face, used anti-gay slurs and started into him.
"If I didn’t jump into it, it would have got serious," Betterson told WFTX-TV. "It would have been worse than what he got." He added: "Jonathan was just going to stand there and get beat up ... if I didn’t jump into it."
"I was just trying to break up the whole thing because it’s not fair for somebody to get beat up for something that he is. That’s not really called for," he said, according to Gay Star News.
Betterson said he only got physical when Griffin started to punch him too.
"He swung at me and was like you can get it too, so we got into a fight," the student said.