Posted By Eric Ethington on March 10, 2011
Washington DC – A straight student at George Washington University was beaten to within inches of his life after another straight student mistook him for being gay. Police have arrested the attacker, senior Ross Richardson, and he’s being charged with a hate crime.
Metropolitan Police Department officers arrested senior Ross Richardson early Sunday morning in Ivory Tower, after he kicked and punched a fellow senior while saying “you fucking fag,” according to court documents.
The victim was transported to GW Hospital with significant head trauma, including bleeding in his brain.
The incident is classified as a hate crime, or a crime directed at an individual based upon prejudice or bias, according to the documents. The victim – whose name is being withheld due to a Hatchet policy of not naming assault victims – said he never met Richardson prior to the assault.
“I’m extremely surprised that at such a progressive school such a hate crime would happen,” he told The Hatchet. “I’m even more surprised that it would happen to a straight, white male.”