In South Carolina a teacher is accused of being an anti-gay bully, teasing and taunting a male student in class, calling the boy names such as “Gay,” “Gay Boy,” “Mrs. Pete,” and “Mrs. Peters.” The abuse became so bad the student became suicidal, eventually attempting to take his own life.
According to a report issued Friday, Sept. 6, by the Courthouse News Service, the student, identified as John Doe, and his mother, identified as Jane Doe, have filed a lawsuit against the Charleston County School District in the Charleston County Court of Common Pleas.
The alleged abusive, anti-gay teacher is identified as Alan Ingram. While not named as a defendant, Ingram is named throughout the complaint.
Ingram was the boy's teacher at West Ashley High School in Charleston. Court documents state Ingram repeatedly bullied the boy in front of his peers:
"In early April 2013, Ingram began bullying plaintiff in class, in front of plaintiff's classmates, by telling plaintiff's classmates that plaintiff was 'gay,' and by calling plaintiff names and belittling him in the presence of his classmates. This continued on a daily basis for an extended period of time."
The complaint states:
"Ingram repeatedly told plaintiff's classmates that plaintiff was in a homosexual relationship with another male classmate and that they were 'boyfriend and girlfriend'. Further, Ingram encouraged and asked other students in class to pick on plaintiff as well and similarly belittle him during classes."
The boy’s mother reports the teacher’s bullying gave the boy “emotional and psychological distress which was manifested by physical illness.” As a result, she says, her son “attempted to commit suicide by hanging himself.”
The boy has since withdrawn from school, and is being educated at home. His mother says he is undergoing mental health counseling.
As of Friday, Sept. 6, Alan Ingram was still a math teacher at West Ashley High School.
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