Authorities are continuing to evaluate evidence in the alleged attack on a gay Ohio teen whose mother believes may have been targeted due to his sexual orientation.
Video of the incident that appears to show the attacker, who has not been named, waiting for the gay student inside a classroom was posted on Facebook. The grainy footage is believed to have been shot on the aggressor's cousin's cell phone. Still, as The Chillicothe Gazette reports, no one else has come forward who believes the fight may have been motivated by the sexual orientation of the victim, who has chosen to remain anonymous:
According to the initial report obtained Thursday by the Gazette, the two boys were on their way to a third-period class when they "bumped shoulders." The 15-year-old suspect told deputies he has a mental illness, that he "just zoned out," and didn't know why he punched Collins' son, according to the report.
[Rebecca] Collins' son sustained a black eye, a knot behind his ear, a chipped tooth and a possible concussion, Collins said.