A disturbing cell phone video has been making the rounds on social media showing a Texas high school student viciously beating a transgender classmate.
The victim, who chose to remain anonymous, told CBS7 News that the attack “came out of nowhere.”
The Alpine High School student told CBS7 that he and his friends were hanging out at the Sul Ross State University football field when the attacker began cussing at him before shoving and punching him several times in the face while two friends watched and laughed.
“And he said it’s because he didn’t like me and he didn’t like who I was, that I just pissed him off,” the victim said.
The student says that the teens involved in the attack haven’t faced any consequences.
Alpine ISD’s superintendent, Becky McCutchen explained because the fight happened off school property and on a weekend, there’s nothing the school district can do unless the police make an arrest.
“People need to understand this happened off-campus and the school district, we’ve done everything we can to ensure the safety of all our students. And never would we condone something of that matter.”
However, the student tells CBS7 that the attack was just the beginning.
He said the relentless bullying has followed him through the halls of Alpine High School.
“I had kids pretty much saying that I deserve to be dead and that he should have killed me,” he said.
His mother said she’s horrified by the video, but even more disturbed knowing the classmates could do this and just walk away.
“All that bullying just needs to stop,” she said. “They just push it to the side, they brush it to the side like nothing’s going on, but something is going on and that’s why all these kids are getting hurt. These kids are taking their own lives because of that.”
The victim said he doesn’t feel safe at school anymore and worries it’s just a matter of time before this happens again.
“It’s definitely going to happen again,” he said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if it did.”
Equality Texas sent out an email to supporters urging them to take action in support of the victim: “Alpine ISD Superintendent McCutchen said that her hands were tied because the attack didn’t take place on school property or during school hours. But we know that an inclusive school environment and enumerated anti-bullying policies can help set the tone for student behavior both inside and outside a school’s doors. The school district can send a message to the community that anti-LGBTQ attitudes and actions will not be tolerated by them. You can send a message to Superintendent McCutchen and all members of the Alpine ISD School Board right now asking them to take steps to support their LGBTQ students and create a safer school environment.”