Last month two Michigan girls beat up their classmate as a third girl filmed the episode. The police report stated that the attackers were angry that the victim was publicly affectionate with another girl, and the victim stated she was attacked because of her sexual orientation.
To make matters worse, the girls posted the video online.
This week the attackers were charged with a crime. But because Michigan doesn't have hate crime laws that protect GLBT individuals, the fact that the attack is likely due to homophobia, and the girl chosen because she was gay, cannot come into play in the charges.
I'd be curious to hear what you think of that? Do you think there would be fewer bias attacks if there were more hate crime laws in place?
Send me an email or let me know in the comments!