Two gay students at the New Schools at Carver say they were jumped by a group of students who yelled anti-gay slurs and beat them on Monday afternoon at the high school campus.
Zy'derryo Brown, a 17-year-old junior, called the attack a “mob beating” and tells WSB that he was repeatedly struck in the face and upper torso and suffered a bloody mouth, loose teeth and head injuries. While on the ground, Brown told Atlanta police that someone kicked him in the head and all over his body. The other victim, 16-year-old Timothy Jefferson, was cut under his right eye by a screwdriver, kicked in the head and struck in the head with a heavy object, according to an incident report.
Witnesses who saw the attack helped take the victims to Hughes Spaulding Hospital for treatment.
“They stomped me in my neck. They stomped me in my chest, in my back and in my head,” Brown told WSB.
Brown told police that as the attack started, one of the assailants ran at him saying, “You a gay ass nigger. ” A witness told Atlanta police that a crowd of onlookers was yelling, “They beating those faggots.”
The New Schools at Carver, on McDonough Boulevard in southeast Atlanta, is a collection of three high schools – School of the Arts, School of Health Sciences & Research and School of Technology. The attack took place after school on Monday about 3 p.m. in an area where buses pick up students. The two victims attend the technology school.
Brown told WSB that he routinely gets bullied over his sexual orientation. On Monday, he said school administrators failed to step in to stop the assault, including a principal who arrived near the end of the incident.
“He could have called for help or anything,” Brown tells WSB.
Atlanta Public Schools says in a statement provided to the AJC that the incident is being “actively investigated.”
“Atlanta Public Schools is aware of the incident in question on the New Schools of Carver campus and are taking the reports very seriously. Our top priority is the safety and security of our students and staff. Atlanta Public Schools Office of Safety and Security and the Atlanta Police Department are actively investigating the events, including meeting with the students involved, their parents and the staff on campus to gather the facts. Once the facts are determined, the district will proceed with the appropriate support and disciplinary actions.”
UPDATE | The story was edited to add details included in an Atlanta police incident report provided after the original story was published.