Bus driver fired for doing nothing to prevent Jayron Martin's attack

A bus driver has been fired for failing to prevent the Nov. 12 beating of openly gay Houston teen Jayron Martin, according to KPRC Local 2. A spokesman for the Cy Fair school district says an assistant principal who also was warned about the incident in advance is still under review. Martin was beaten with a metal pipe after being chased down by a group of classmates who reportedly wanted to “beat the gay out of him.” Read Dallas Voice’s recent exclusive interview with Jayron and his mother by going here.

—  John Wright

Vigil remembers two murdered teens and one Houston hate crime victim

Lighting candles at vigil
Participants light candles during Sunday night’s vigil on Cedar Springs.

About 100 people gathered at the Crossroads on Sunday night to remember two teens murdered and another attacked in three separate attacks that occurred over the last two weeks.

Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado, 19, was raped, stabbed, burned and dismembered in Puerto Rico.

Jason Mattison Jr., an openly gay 15-year-old sophomore at the Vivian T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy in Baltimore was found dead last week at his aunt’s house. He had been raped, gagged with a pillowcase and stabbed repeatedly in the head and throat. Then his body was shoved into an upstairs closet at the house.

In Houston, Jayron Martin, 16, was chased down after school and beaten with a metal pipe while eight classmates stood around and watched. He had talked to his principal and the school bus driver about threats repeatedly made against him but neither did anything to intervene. A neighbor who saw someone getting beaten up got his shotgun and broke up the attack. The bus driver has been suspended but the principal has not been.

Bob McCranie organized the rally with help from members of Equality March Texas. Speakers included Dr. Stephen V. Sprinkle from Brite Divinity School, Jesse Garcia, Chastity Kirven, McCranie and Beau Heyen. Elizabeth Pax led the group in protest songs.

After the vigil, the group walked with lighted candles from the Crossroads to the monument at Cedar Springs Road and Oak Lawn Avenue and back.

—  David Taffet

Gay Houston teen beaten with metal pipe after principals, bus driver ignore his pleas for help

Another day, another horrifying report of violence against a gay teenager.

Jayron Martin, a 16-year-old high school freshman from Houston, tells KHOU-TV that he was chased down after school and beaten with a metal pipe last week while eight classmates stood around and watched.

“All they kept saying was, ‘We going to get you. We going to fight you,’ and all that and so when they started coming after me they were like, ‘You’re not going to be gay anymore.’ They just kept hitting me,” Jayron said.

The beating finally ended when a neighbor pointed a shotgun at the attackers and cocked it. Martin is lucky; he escaped with only a concussion and cuts and bruises on his arms and hands. But the worst part of this story is that Martin had warned two principals and his bus driver that the attack was going to happen, and they apparently did nothing to stop it. One of Martin’s attackers, another 16-year-old, has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault. Martin’s bus driver has been placed on administrative leave, and the school district is investigating. Meanwhile, Martin’s mother said she wants to move out of the neighborhood and the school district. She’s also retained an attorney and is considering a civil lawsuit.

“When the child does what they’re supposed to do and the adult doesn’t, what are you supposed to say then?  How do you make him feel comfortable? How do you give him back that sense of security,” Lakenya Martin said.

—  John Wright