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Minnesota: Student receives death threat after coming out as gay

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A high school student in Minnesota has received a death threat after opening up about his sexuality. According to a report by local Fox affiliate KMSP-TV on Feb. 5, police are investigating an anonymous letter left in the student’s English class.

Ryan Eichenauer, who attends Centennial High School in Minnesota, came out as gay on his Facebook page just before the beginning of the New Year. Despite the threat, Eichenaur is proud of who he is and happy he doesn’t have to hide who he is, but the threat is something to be taken serious.

“I’m really proud to be out and by myself. I get to do what I want without having to hide anymore. I know there are going to be people in life who don’t agree with it. But that’s who I am,” he said.

The anonymous letter was the second threatening letter he has found. Eichenauer said he was sickened by the contents of the letter that attacked his sexuality and offered to kill him, if he didn’t kill himself first. The threat is being taken serious by police and the school, as it has been labeled “harassment”.

Part of the letter reads,

“Ryan,

I see there are many other who also want you dead. Good. And it’s not just the two of us who have decided to speak up. It’s everyone. […] like you don’t deserve to live in this world. Innocent people die every day, but the scum of the earth like you gets to live? […] that. That is about to change. No one likes that fact that you are alive. No one likes the way you show your sexuality. You are a […] sinner. Someone should do something about it…I will. I am not a coward. I protect the house of god from […] like you.”

Yet, the anonymity of the letter describes a cowardly action from someone who claims not to be “a coward.”

Eichenauer admits to being “a little scared” about the threats, but feels safe in his school. He just never thought the video he posted on Facebook to friends would result in someone, albeit anonymous, expressing such hate and violence towards him.

The high school senior also admitted that his reaction to the first letter were tears.

Investigations of both letters have been launched by the north metro school district as well as the Blaine Police Department.

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