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Teens Who Choked Student Into "Apologizing" For Being Gay Only Get Slap On The Wrist

Two teens in the UK, who choked a student during a Tube ride in London until he “apologized” for being gay, have basically walked out of court with a slap on the wrist.

Will Mayrick, 20, says he feared for his life after two attackers grabbed him in a headlock, squeezing the breathe out of him, during an evening out with four of his friends.

The photography student today said the hideous ordeal might never have happened if the teenage perpetrators had undergone LGBT education classes at school.

Mayrick told the press that the Government needs to make LGBT studies a requirement. “It’s clear that there needs to be a better support network in schools,” he told the Evening Standard.

In the end, both attackers (aged 16 and 17) were given 12-month referral orders and each ordered to pay fines of about $27 for "victim surcharge" and $200 for "compensation."

After the sentencing, Mayrick withheld judgement of his assailants saying, “They were so young, and I can’t help but think that if they had had some sort LGBT education then the attack might never have happened.”

According to a recent study by Stonewall,  55% of secondary school teachers and 42% of primary school teachers say they don’t stand up to homophobic language every time they hear it.

Additionally, 86% of secondary school teachers and 45% of primary school teachers polled said students in their schools had experienced homophobic bullying.

Oklahoma Police Are Investigating An Assault On A Gay Middle Schooler

A seventh-grade student in Oklahoma says he was attacked because he’s gay.

A video was released of a boy by the name of Blake being assaulted in the hallways of Highland West middle school in Moore, Oklahoma.

Coming forward later to speak on it, Blake shares that the attack was sudden and random.

"All of a sudden, I felt something hit my face then hit my head against the locker," Blake shared.

But, of course, the mother of the alleged bully is ready to defend her child.

"This kid called (my son) a rapist, and basically my son just snapped," said Rachael Clymer, the alleged bully's mother. "It is not okay that he physically snapped, but he didn't just go the school, and walk up to the kid and hit this child for no reason. He had been verbally attacked for months."

She also added:

"I think that is absolutely ridiculous. [He] has grown up with three family members who are gay, and that's - no, absolutely not."

Oklahoma’s News 4 reached out to local police who said that Clymer’s son was officially cited for assault on March 8 and that they are continuing to investigate.

On top of that, Blake’s parents are persistent that their son’s attacker should receive punishment.

Blake’s father, Chad Presley, told News4, “Your heart sinks. You feel for him. It's one of the most painful things, as a parent, to go through."

But, it seems that the school is stalling on getting involved because the Clymer boy is autistic and in the individualized education program.

"It shouldn't matter what the child - whether you have IEP or anything, there should be zero tolerance for that," said Brandy Miner, Blake's mother.

h/t: Oklahoma’s News 4