Faggot. Queer. Girl.
That’s what Will Baublit says classmates called him every day in the fifth grade.
They tripped him in the hallway, knocked his books out of his hands, threatened to bust his head open. At a football game, a group beat him up.
The year before, the classmates had been his friends. They’d known one another since the first grade at East Knox Middle School in rural Knox County northeast of Columbus. But in fifth grade, Will revealed that he was gay, and everything changed.
After repeated requests to school administrators to stop the bullying, the family sued the district in federal court. Though the district denied the claims, the lawsuit was settled in the family’s favor.