An Indiana high school student has faced ridicule after being attacked in a locker room for being gay. After other students started circulating video of the incident around school, the teenage boy's mother shared the story with Indianapolis TV station WTHR.
"I'm not OK, but I will be," the student told the news outlet.
And he's telling anyone else who ever finds themselves the victim of a hate crime to stay strong in spirit.
"Stay true to yourself," he said, "and if you get hit, do the best you can to make sure it never happens again."
The teenager did not want his name or face revealed, but said many of his classmates have already seen video of an attack in the locker room of Alexandria Monroe High School.
The video, which the news station broadcast while blurring out the faces of the victim and attacker, shows another boy rushing the student and beating him on the head. Two other students held the victim against the wall.
The teenage victim of the attack said the other boys in the video had teased him extensively for being gay.
"I've gotten so used to it over the years it doesn't really phase me much," the young boy told the news station.
But the violent attack caught him off guard.
"I felt him punch me a couple more times and I got hit my face on the mirror and then he punched me in the head twice," he said. Ultimately, he left the incident with a broken nose
School district officials say they have started investigating the incident and notified police.
Parents for the victim say they have been told two of the boys in the video were expelled, but the school district will not confirm details about minors.