Dylan Beard’s “friends” are definitely awful people — they lured the 17-year-old to a skate park and then beat him up while shouting gay slurs. Making matters worse, the local police were like “eh,” and haven’t really don’t much about it.
But the good news is that his family is completely awesome.
His mom, Jennifer Beard has hired an attorney and now they’re demanding action from the Department of Justice. They want the attack investigated as a hate crime. Texas is one of the states that identifies sexual orientation as a category for hate crimes (but not gender expression).
And Dylan’s uncle, Tom Plunkett, is furious too. “As a military veteran it kind of disappoints me, a country I defended,” he said. It sucks that Dylan endured this attack, but bless his family for being so supportive.
Dylan is home-schooled, and doesn’t really know his attackers that well. It’s totally mysterious why they would decide to coordinate an attack on him.
According to his mom, police didn’t care that the attackers bragged about it on social media. In fact, the police told reporters that they didn’t know about the bragging at all — but that’s how Jennifer found out about the beating in the first place. (Her son’s black eye and broken nose might also have been a good clue.)
A few months ago, Austin rallied around a victim of a hate crime. A local dentist did reconstructive surgery to fix the nine (!) teeth that were beaten out of a victim’s mouth.