Washington State University are investigating three recent
attacks against LGBT students on or close to campus, reports
The first assault
happened October 16 outside a residence hall and
involved openly gay student Kristopher Shultz. "I heard
someone shouting at me from behind," Shultz told the
local news affiliate. "I turned around and got hit in
the face and I don't remember anything after that."
Two days later
another student was attacked by a group of three people a
block from campus. The most recent attack against
transgender student Jackson Hogan happened in a campus
parking garage. Hogan was walking to an elevator, when
he heard a man yell a transgender slur before grabbing
him from behind.
"I hit the floor
and he kicked me repeatedly," Hogan told KXLY.
administrators send an e-mail to students and faculty
yesterday, recognizing that the attackers may be
targeting LGBT students and offering escorts for
anyone uncomfortable walking alone across campus.
The gay, lesbian,
bisexual and transgender community also convened last
night to discuss how to keep each other safe. It's a task
that LGBT students at this Pullman, Wash., school have
become used to.
"It's a constant
environment of being afraid," Shultz said. "It's just
come to the surface now." (The Advocate)