Police: Attack on gay students not hate crime
Atlanta police will not be investigating the recent fight at New Schools of Carver as a hate crime.
Elizabeth Espy, spokesperson for the APD, said an investigation revealed only four students were involved and the fight was not about sexual orientation.
“This case does not meet the parameters for a bias classification because the fight was not motivated by sexual orientation,” she told the Georgia Voice in a statement. “It was just a fight amongst kids where offensive language was used but the fight was not because of perceived sexual orientation.”
An APD police report states two students, Timothy Jefferson, 16, and Zyderryo Brown, 17, were taken to the emergency room after a major brawl broke out after school on April 20. The two told police they were beaten up because they are gay.
“We got into a fight because they don’t like us because we are gay,” Timothy told the Georgia Voice. He suffered a gash to his face in the fight; he said it was caused by someone stabbing him with a screwdriver.
Georgia does not have a hate crime law— it is one of only five states in the country without one—but the APD does track such crimes to report to the FBI.