By Sunnivie Brydum
Originally published on Advocate.com May 02 2014 11:59 AM ET
The family of an out 16-year-old in Vienna Township, Mich., is looking for answers after an antigay slur was painted on the side of the family's home with an arrow pointing to the teenager's bedroom.
"It does hurt," Levi Peabody, a 16-year-old sophomore at Clio High School told local NBC affiliate WEYI. "As much as I don't want to admit it, it does hurt that someone would dislike me that much to do something to my window."
Family members say Levi has been the subject of antigay harassment at school, but now that it's crossed over into vandalism, they're speaking out.
"I'm mad," Melanie Peabody, Levi's mother, told WEYI. "My son's not safe … I want the kid that did this to get caught."
The Peabodys suspect that one of the teenager's classmates may be responsible for the vandalism and are working with school officials and the Genesee County Sheriff's department to identify suspects through handwriting samples.
Watch WEYI's report below.