Jordan Steffy finally reached his limit.
After being called a “f*ggot” by the same student nearly every day since the seventh grade, the out high school junior was forced to take matters into his own hands last week after teachers refused to help him.
Two different clips show Steffy fighting back against his bully and have racked up over 10 million views combined in just a matter of days.
The physical altercation happened inside a classroom at Laporte High School in La Porte, Indiana. Both videos show the bully calling Jordan a “f*ggot” and advancing on him despite being asked to step back.
“Back the f*ck up out of my face, now,” Jordan is heard saying. “Cause I’m not playing with you.”
“Why you in my face, f*ggot?” the bully replies, advancing on him.
“Don’t f*cking play with me,” Jordan says. “Don’t f*cking do it.”
“Don’t f*cking put your hands on me f*ggot,” the bully replies, taking another step closer.
And that’s when Jordan takes a swing at the kid, knocking him off balance. More blows are thrown before an adult’s voice can finally be heard saying, “Hey! Hey, Jordan! That’s enough!” and the video stops.
Steffy tells Insider that he’s been enduring homophobic bullying at school since he came out five years ago. Last week’s altercation was sparked over something the bully posted about him on social media.
“He made an anti-gay post with a picture of me on it saying how he hated gays and a bunch of throwing up emojis all over it. I walked up to him and said ‘Why did you post this?’ He said ‘It was just a post.’ And I said ‘Well, it’s not just a post. It’s a post about me, saying how you dislike who I am, and I don’t appreciate that.’ He went on to say ‘Okay, but what are you going to do about it?’ I said ‘I’m not going to deal with this, this is the last time I’m called anything.’ And then he said ‘What are you going to do about it, faggot?’ And that’s when I was like ‘No, I’m not doing this.'”
Steffy says he’s reported the bullying to school officials many times in the past, but more often than not, he’s the one who ends up getting in trouble.
“It seemed like I was getting in more trouble for reporting it than I was if I didn’t say anything at all,” he says. “It was doing me more harm than it was good.”
After last week’s fight, Steffy was sent to the principal’s office and suspended. He tells Insider he’s glad he stood up for himself, even if it means he has to miss a school dance he was looking forward to.
“If I could take it back, personally, I would,” he says. “But I’m glad I stood up for myself. If you were in my shoes, you’d probably get sick of it and you’d want to stand up for yourself.”
But while teachers and school administrators may not have Jordan’s back, the rest of the internet does. Since the videos went viral, he has received an outpouring of support.
Sending love your way. Standing up for ourselves is the hardest thing, sorry you had to endure this. 🌈
— Alex Orué (@Alex_Orue) November 9, 2019
I stand with you. Every single person sitting there in complacency in that classroom should be ASHAMED of themselves
— 💥James Leo Jackson💥 (@MrJamieD) November 9, 2019
I’m sorry you had to go there, but I love that you stood your ground. Keep being you! Xoxo
— Miss Coco Peru (@themisscocoperu) November 10, 2019
When my junior high bully pushed me against the wall early in my freshman year of high school, I saw red and pushed back – not nearly as effectively as you! – and he never bothered me again. I hope the word gets out to give you your space – I wish I had your guts 40 years ago!
— alan h (@buzzalan65) November 9, 2019