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13-year-old at Deerfield Beach Middle School says they were verbally, physically abused for being gay

Disturbing video shows a middle school student attacked and slammed to the ground by a group of older kids as others just watched.
Disturbing video shows a middle school student attacked and slammed to the ground by a group of older kids as others just watched.

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – Disturbing video shows a middle school student attacked and slammed to the ground by a group of older kids as others just watched.

The 13-year-old told Local 10 News that it’s been going on since last August, and it’s all because they are gay.

It was last Friday when the verbal abuse turned into physical abuse.

“Horrible, it’s been a living hell,” said 13-year-old Chad Sanford.

That’s how Sanford will remember their 6th grade year at Deerfield Beach Middle School.

In the video from last week, Chad can be seen surrounded by other kids when an 8th Grader comes up from behind Chad, picks them up and slams them to the ground.

It doesn’t end there as the physical abuse continues and homophobic slurs are hurled at the student.

“He just stepped on my face, they were kicking and spitting on me and all that was a little clip of the video,” Chad said. “They were screaming. They were saying, ‘We got that gay fa***t.’”

Chad said they’ve been bullied this entire school year all because of their sexual orientation.

“One day he embarrassed me in front of everybody,” Chad said of the bully. “He stood on top of the stage and said to me, ‘I’m going to knock the gay out of him.’”

Chad’s aunt Raquel Showers says her nephew always used to be happy, but their demeanor has changed this year, and when she saw the video, she was devastated.

“He wanted to kill himself because they keep bullying him,” she said. “Hearing that, it just makes me cry.”

Local 10 News reached out to Broward County Public Schools and received a statement, which read, in part:

“School safety is our highest priority. The school’s leadership is taking this incident seriously and is working with law enforcement in its investigation. Any students involved will also face appropriate school disciplinary consequences in accordance with the code book for school conduct.”

It’s unclear if any student has been disciplined for this yet.

Broward Sheriff’s Office said no arrests have been made

Chad’s grandmother, who is their legal guardian, said she has pulled her grandson from this school.


About the Author:

Sanela Sabovic joined Local 10 News in September 2012 as an assignment editor and associate producer. In August 2015, she became a full-time reporter and fill-in traffic reporter. Sanela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with a concentration in radio, television and film from DePaul University.