Gay teenager Jordan Steffy is getting a lot of support from LGBTQ Twitter after sharing a video of him punching out a boy he described as a homophobic bully.
Steffy, a junior at LaPorte High School in LaPorte, Ind., said the other boy had posted a hateful message about him on Snapchat. “He made an antigay post with a picture of me on it saying how he hated gays and a bunch of throwing-up emojis all over it,” Steffy told news website Insider. “I walked up to him and said, ‘Why did you post this?’ He said, ‘It was just a post.’ And I said, ‘Well, it’s not just a post. It’s a post about me, saying how you dislike who I am, and I don’t appreciate that.’ He went on to say, ‘OK, but what are you going to do about it?’ I said, ‘I’m not going to deal with this, this is the last time I’m called anything.’ And then he said, ‘What are you going to do about it, faggot?’ And that’s when I was like, ‘No, I’m not doing this.’”
The video, posted to Twitter Friday, shows Steffy telling the other student, whose name was not made public, “Call me a faggot one more fuckin’ time, and I’m gonna fuckin’ pop yo’ ass.” Steffy shoved and punched the boy.
Steffy said he’s been bullied since he came out in seventh grade. He has reported several incidents to school administrators, but “it seemed like I was getting in more trouble for reporting it than I was if I didn’t say anything at all,” he told Insider.
He expressed some regret for using physical force. “If I could take it back, personally, I would,” he said. “But I’m glad I stood up for myself. If you were in my shoes, you’d probably get sick of it and you’d want to stand up for yourself.” He said on Twitter that he and the other student were suspended, and that Steffy’s mother is now planning to homeschool him. School officials did not respond to Insider’s requests for comment.
Below, see the video, which has received more than 2 million views, and a sampling of comments from Twitter. Steffy asked commenters to refrain from calling the other boy names, saying that’s as bad as the bullying he endured, but he urged others who’d been harassed to stand up for themselves.