Updated: August 30, 2013 10:36PM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A gay rights advocacy group has filed a complaint on behalf of a gay high school student whose mother says he was beaten up beaten up by a football player because of his sexuality.
GetEqual IN director David Stevens says the complaint filed Thursday with Indianapolis’ Office of Equal Opportunity alleges Perry Township Schools denied the teen “access to a hostile-free education.”
The Indianapolis Star reports the teen’s mother says a football player from Southport High School who had been taunting her son for months punched and choked her son Aug. 15 on a school bus.
But Southport Principal Barbara Brouwer says a district investigation found the gay teen started the fight by using a racial slur against the player, who then responded with a gay slur.