Po­lice: Attack on gay stu­dents not hate crime

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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.

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