An actual Instagram sample of a teen bullied online and physically in a Texas high school | Image via Dallas Voice

I urge people to read the entire article at The Dallas Voice, written by Micah Moore.

It happened one day after basketball practice, as students were changing in the locker room, the same day Matthew sank the shot from mid-court.

According to Matthew, two students grabbed him and tried to hold him down. He managed to break free. But one of the boys grabbed him from behind and started dry-humping him while another student grabbed his face, telling him, “You looked beautiful today” and calling him “faggot.”

The above is just a very small sample of what a teen endured in Saginaw, TX. The kid sinks a basket from half-court and his teammates mock rape him. More infuriating is the fact that the teen’s parents are a lesbian couple. They apparently failed to appreciate the severity of the bullying and then they failed to take the necessary steps to correct it.

I am reminded of Mad Mat Staver’s efforts to go after a middle-school and its school psychologist because they dared to try to keep gender diverse kids safe. Or imagine the mythical Christian student whose equally mythical “right” to proselytize has been mythically compromised. ADF would have a team of lawyers descend on the school, the school district and so on.

What seems to be missing here is a sense of seriousness or a sense of urgency.  This isn’t fodder for legal debate. I child is being bullied, emotionally and physically.

The school district actually has an app and a website to report bullying in order to comply with Texas’ David’s Law. This student did not use the system which means (I think) that he was unaware of the system. If they are serious about preventing bullying there should be signs all over the place with a QR code.

What happened to Matthew is all too familiar. Ultimately, this is a failure of the bullies’ parents to instill a sense of decency in their children. Going to church every Sunday is insufficient. Couple that with a lack of commitment on the part of the school and a child needlessly suffers as bullies break the law.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.