John M. Becker

Florida Student Suspended for Breaking Up Gay-Bashing

Filed By John M. Becker | February 10, 2014 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: anti-gay violence, Florida, gay-bashing, Mark Betterson

"Jonathan was just going to stand there and get just beat up. And if I didn't jump into it, it would have gotten serious... I was just trying to break up the whole thing because it's just not fair for somebody to get beat up for something that he is. That's not really called for."

-- Eighteen-year-old Mark Betterson, a senior at East Lee County High School in Lehigh Acres, Florida, who was suspended for 10 days for physically defending an openly gay classmate from an anti-gay attacker. Even though authorities say Betterson's intervention saved the victim, Jonathan Colon, from more serious injury, school officials suspended him under the school's "zero-tolerance" policy. Betterson says he has no regrets about stepping in to help his classmate. Colon reportedly organized a rally to protest Betterson's suspension.

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