What a mess!
Point 1. Boy Hitting Girl
Let's decide which moral framework we are using here. The feminist model is that we are equals and should be treated equally in all respects. If you subscribe to this model then you can't take issue with the the fact that a boy hit a girl, since gender is irrelevant. The old world/chivalry model is that the female gender is a weaker gender, and therefore, should be given special consideration. If you subscribe to this model then you have to take into consideration whether gender confusion was possible. The girl dresses and behaves according the traditional masculine stereotype (fair or unfair), is several years older and is larger than the boy. Gender confusion is certainly a possibility and eye witness testimony seem to give this argument strength.
Point 2. Self Defense v. Aggression
According to official account the female was the aggressor. The male responds with equal (or greater depending on some opinions) force and the conflict is broken up. The female is at fault for initiating the conflict and the male is at fault for allowing it to continue, or would be, had there not been an a second female who was also acting in a violent way towards the male. Given the intensity of the situation and the fact that two people were attacking one, and initiated the conflict, its hard to argue the male was not acting in self defense.
Point 3. Hate Motivation
There is little evidence to support the incident was motivated by intolerance of the female's life-style choice. In fact, the official reason given for the altercation was the female's girlfriend cutting in the lunch line, being called out for it, and the female rushing to defend the (dis)honor of her girlfriend. Perhaps some actual evidence will come out to support this theory. Until then, it is completely unfounded. At this point the inclusion of the fact the the female was gay and the male was a football player (JV) seems to be for the sole purpose of adding emotion to the argument, and rather effectively by the looks of it.
Given the information I have from the most official sources of information it can only be concluded that the female's family has a skewed perception of reality, or they have a clear perception of reality but see an opportunity to make a sizable amount of money through litigation. Taking advantage of several pop-culture/political issues (gay rights, bullying, social media) the family of the female is providing a very interesting case study in mob mentality, hysteria, viral content, and emotional manipulation, but ultimately, any litigation will fail given the current evidence.
There are plenty of actual cases of hate crimes that need publicity and action. Unfortunately, this incident and those allowing themselves to be swept up in it without any critical thought are taking away from legitimate issues in the LGBT community. That is the real tragedy here.
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