Yesterday, we were all appalled over the gay bashing at the Unioto High School in Ohio. The video found its way on Facebook and later, everywhere.
Now, investigators are looking into possible charges:
While the sheriff's office continues to investigate the motive, Ross County Prosecutor Matt Schmidt said his office is evaluating whether to file an assault or felonious assault charge.The story claims that the attacker has a mental issue:
"What people are failing to understand is there isn't an Ohio law to enhance it (if the assault was motivated by the victim's sexuality)," Schmidt said.
There is a federal hate crime law, he added, but the federal district attorney would have to file the charge, and Collins could approach him about it. He also said he has not heard from Collins or her son, but certainly is willing to listen to them if they want to talk with him. Schmidt anticipates filing the charge from his office today.
According to the initial report obtained Thursday by the Gazette, the two boys were on their way to a third-period class when they "bumped shoulders." The 15-year-old suspect told deputies he has a mental illness, that he "just zoned out," and didn't know why he punched Collins' son, according to the report.I'm not sure about that part. I hope the investigators look into the boy's mental issues. So, there will be more to come on this story.
Collins' son sustained a black eye, a knot behind his ear, a chipped tooth and a possible concussion, Collins said.