The University of North Carolina community has been traumatized by a report that a gay student, Quinn Matney, was attacked and burned in an anti-gay incident. The college freshman says that a man called him an anti-homosexual term and burned his hand with a piece of hot metal while he was standing on the bridge.
Chancellor Holden Thorp has issued a statement that “The Department of Public Safety has determined that the alleged aggravated assault … did not occur. That report, filed with campus police on April 5, was false.”
As the University moved to deal with the hate crime, Matney’s father, David Matney, a lawyer in Asheville, said his son suffered tendon and ligament damage. A picture of the burn can be found in the article below.
The false report will likely cost this student dearly — likely leading to expulsion (or al least a suspension). It is also a setback for gay and lesbian students who face serious threats and discrimination.
Source: News Observer