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Complaint filed by student allegedly beaten for being gay

INDIANPOLIS -- A gay-rights advocacy organization has filed a complaint on behalf of a Southport High School student who was beaten, his mother says, because he is gay.

David Stevens, director of GetEqual IN, said the action was taken against ­Perry Township Schools because the teen was denied “access to a hostile-free education.” The complaint was filed Thursday with the ­Indianapolis Office of Equal Opportunity.

The teen’s mother, Sunshyne Reffett, said in an earlier interview with The Indianapolis Star that a sophomore football player had been taunting her son, a jun­ior, for months because of his sexuality. Reffett said the sophomore punched and choked her son Aug. 15 on a school bus.

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