NM Teen Allegedly Beaten for Being Gay, Banned From Mall
A teenager from Albuquerque, N.M., says he was banned from a mall after he was allegedly attacked on Saturday because he is gay, Albuquerque’s NBC-affiliate station KOB 4 reports.
Officials of the Coronado Mall, however, decided to ban the 14-year-old, who identifies only as "Issaic."
Issaic says he was beaten because he is gay and was banned for fighting.
"My friends just told me, you know, walk," Issaic told KOB 4. "Next thing I know, I’m laying out on the floor." Issaic’s comments were made as he was watching the attack, which was recorded on a cell phone in a 20-second clip.
The video shows Issaic being punched in the back of the head in the middle of the shopping mall by "a 16-year-old acquaintance," KOB 4 writes. According to Issaic, he had an online argument with a female friend -- that’s when the other teen started to make threats.
"Whenever he wanted to fight me he was calling me a [gay slur] and a queer and everything," Issaic said.
When the teens ran into each other at the mall last weekend, things escalated and that’s when the 16-year-old boy attacked Issaic.