ECU Chancellor: Homophobic Attack Frustrating, Task Force Formed

East Carolina University Chancellor Steve Ballard is weighing in on last months incident on campus where two people were physically attacked after they were verbally assaulted with sexist and homophobic comments.

In an email to students and faculty, Ballard says this type of behavior is completely inappropriate and will not be tolerated. He says the campus community has every right to be bothered by this act, and his administration shares in their frustration and disappointment.

As a result of the incident, Ballard says ECU has convened a special Bias Assessment and Response Task Force which will address these concerns and develop a campus plan which includes strengthening communication, education, and awareness. Those involved have been identified and face potential criminal charges as well as possible violations and penalties in relation to the ECU student code of conduct.


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  • by Anonymous on Nov 29, 2010 at 12:22 PM
    I don't understand the term "homophobic". I thought a phobia was the fear of something. Son't sound like these guys was very afraid of the lesbians to me. I think this is a label created by homosexuals to make themselves feel better. Most people I know that do not agree with the sodomite lifestyle are not afraid but sickened.
  • by Steve Location: Ayden on Nov 26, 2010 at 08:44 PM
    It is amazing that people will attempt to vilify the guys in this situation for their agressive behavior but ignore the aggressive bahavior of the women and give them a pass because they did not like what someone was saying. There is no words that justify physical confrontation. The so called victims are the ones who elevated this situation to a physical altercation and they paid the price. So are you people actually saying that if you do not like the words that someone is saying you can attack them? I assume then that the next time a person is promoting a homosexual agenda on a loudspeaker it is OK to physically assault that person? Be careful what you ask for and assign the blame in this situation where it belongs. The aggressor, the women!!
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Nov 25, 2010 at 11:22 AM
    It is about time that Chancellor Ballard made a statement regarding this tragic event. This type of harassment and discrimination because of perceived or actual sexual oriental SHOULD NOT BE TOLERATED. This is truly a hate crime and must be prosecuted as such. My thoughts are with the victims.
  • by John on Nov 25, 2010 at 11:02 AM
    Well maybe they shouldn't have confronted them, but it could have been that they were tired of being talked down to and said something back. Whatever the cause, the fact that the guys beat them was atrocious. Makes me sick, and I hope those machismo jerks get what's coming to them.
  • by Steve Location: Ayden on Nov 24, 2010 at 05:22 PM
    The guys should not have made the comments BUT then the girls confronted them. You can not expect to physically confront someone and not be confronted right back.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 24, 2010 at 11:38 AM
    Well I know both girls. One of the girls jaw was broken because he beat her so bad. I hope he goes the hell to jail.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Nov 24, 2010 at 10:34 AM
    Well if the students were at Chapel Hill or Duke instead of Greenville, then they would fit in with those crowds better than at ECU (or even N.C. State). To Anonymous at 11-24 4:53 p.m. as a proud ECU alum, I'm appalled that ECU's administration has done that within the last few years, but to call the university a joke is asinine.
  • by Read on Nov 24, 2010 at 05:02 AM
    Hey Anonymous 6:07 "Physically attacked AFTER they were verbally assaulted." Read before you open you touch the keyboard.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 24, 2010 at 03:07 AM
    Physically attacked by verbal assualts.Man this country is screwed.
  • by Terri Location: New Bern on Nov 24, 2010 at 02:41 AM
    It truly is sad that people who appear to be different are treated this way, at ECU or anywhere. We need to stop advancing the agenda of fear and allow people , lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or straight to live their lives in peace. Being gay is not wrong and there is no homosexual agenda other than the desire to be treated like any other person in this country. Narrow minded bigots have no place in Greenville or any where else for that matter. I'm sure that Anonymous' child will not be missed, at ECU.
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