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October 16, 2008


This is very disturbing and should sound alarms all over the place.

Just as the McCain/Palin campaign rhetoric has started to incite blind and unreasoned hatreds of Barack Obama, the fanatic religious right's homophobic rantings are beginning to incite violence against not only adult gays but now also against young children who might be perceived to be gay as well.

A Bourbonnais, Illinois elementary school bus driver, 46 year old Russell A. Schmalz, was arrested and charged with leading a homophobic attack on a 10-year old student passenger.

According to an article posted at 365gay.com the Kankakee Sheriff’s Police said that the boy was taunted by Schmalz who repeatedly kept calling him "gay."

Chief Deputy Ken McCabe said the incident occurred on a Bourbonnais Elementary School District bus which was returning students to their homes last Friday.

McCabe said,

”When the boy got off the bus, the driver encouraged several other students to go after him and tackle him. Our investigation shows that occurred,” then encouraged the other students to beat the child.

McCabe also said that Schmalz is under investigation for joining the students in chasing the boy and grabbing him.

Schmalz is charged with mob action, endangering the life of a child and battery.

Orginal story is at The Daily Journal