Three teens were arrested today and charged with assault as a hate crime after they beat up another student on a Nassau County school bus, and harassed him with anti-gay taunts. "We felt this was bias-related," said Det. Lt. John MacEwen at a news conference.
Police say that the three teens, David Spencer, 18, Chase Morrison, 16, and Roy Wilson, 16, assaulted the 14-year-old boy (whose name was withheld) twice on their school bus this week. They allege that the suspects "stomped and kicked" the victim on the arms, legs, stomach and thighs, while taunting him with gay slurs. “This young person was subjected apparently to bullying on a routine basis that escalated to a physical confrontation,” Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey of the Nassau County PD. Spencer and Morrison were each charged with third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, and second-degree aggravated harassment, a felony. Wilson was charged with third-degree assault.
The attack comes in the same week that four teens were charged with a hate crime for assaulting a Muslim student in Staten Island; other gay bias-related incidents in the past few weeks include the Stonewall Inn beating, the Latin King Goonies anti-gay attacks and the suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi.