Second Student at Minn. School Targeted for Being Gay
A Minnesota high school student has come forward this week, saying he has experienced anti-gay backlash for coming out -- shortly after another student at the same high school received death threats for coming out on Facebook, Minnesota Fox affiliate station KMSP-TV reports.
Noah Ratgen, an eighth grade student at Centennial High School in Centennial, Minn., decided to tell the news station that his house was vandalized soon after Ryan Eichenauer came forward to tell the media that he received two death threats in six weeks after coming out on Facebook.
"It hurt -- just like calling someone fat or ugly," Ratgen told KMSP-TV. "There’s no reason to do it at all." He added that he doesn’t understand "why there is such a big problem."
Ratgen came out in late fall and, like Eichenauer, used social media to tell his friends and family he is gay. A week later, the student discovered that his family driveway had been vandalized with anti-gay and religious messages.
"On the driveway, written in very large letters: ’God hates fags,’" Brad Ratgen, Noah’s father, told the news station. "It was absolutely disgusting. I went and washed it off right away."
Ratgen’s family reported the incident to the police, which was filed as a hate crime, to the police but no arrests have been made.