Gay teen goes viral for defending himself against homophobic bully
A teenager has gone viral for defending himself against a fellow student who reportedly bullied him for his sexuality.
Per Insider, Jordan Steffy - a junior at LaPorte High School, Indiana, who identifies as gay - took to Twitter to share a video of him confronting a classmate who had allegedly posted a homophobic message about him on Snapchat.
Watch the altercation unfold below:
In the video - which has since gone viral, garnering 25.4K retweets at the time of writing - Steffy tells the unidentified student to "back up" before he proceeds to call him a homophobic slur. The teenager then shoves his classmate, telling him "not to f*ck with" him.
The student repeats the slur, and a fight ensues.
Speaking to Insider, Steffy said "He made an anti-gay post with a picture of me on it saying how he hated gays and a bunch of throwing up emojis all over it."
"I walked up to him and said 'Why did you post this?' He said 'It was just a post.' And I said 'Well, it's not just a post. It's a post about me, saying how you dislike who I am, and I don't appreciate that," he continued.
The teen, who claims that he has had to contend with bullies since he came out in the seventh grade, said that the classmate then tried to provoke him.
"He went on to say 'Okay, but what are you going to do about it?' I said 'I'm not going to deal with this, this is the last time I'm called anything. And then he said 'What are you going to do about it, f*ggot?' And that's when I was like 'No, I'm not doing this. I just got sick of it. It's crazy the amount of hatred I received just for liking who I like and being me."
Steffy faced disciplinary action over the incident, telling the publication that he was sent to the principal's office and ultimately suspended.
He later took to Twitter to express regret for getting physical with the bully. "If I could take it back, personally, I would," he stated. "But I'm glad I stood up for myself. If you were in my shoes, you'd probably get sick of it and you'd want to stand up for yourself."
And in a follow-up tweet posted on Monday, he wrote: "I just want to say that people out there that are bullying the kid who call me the slur, it needs to stop all bullying needs to stop regardless people calling him things is no better than what he said to me I want all the hatred and negative comments to stop. Please love All!!"