Gay Student Attacked, Bus Driver Fired, Others Under Review

An openly gay high school student in Houston, Texas says he asked his school bus driver and other school officials for help before he was attacked with a metal pipe.

Now, that driver is out of a job, and other actions may be taken.

Jayron Martin told police he told school officials on November 12 that another student was threatening to beat him up.

Later that day, when he got off the bus in his neighborhood, Martin says he was chased into a neighbor's garage where his attacker told him he was going to "beat the gayness out of of him."

The school bus driver has been fired. Officials say they are reviewing the actions of others at the school.

A 16-year-old student has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault. Martin's mom says she wants that charge upgraded to a hate crime.


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