A Victorian student who says he was subjected to countless sessions of verbal and physical abuse because of his homosexuality is suing the state Department of Education, seeking compensation for ongoing psychiatric treatment.
Nathan Whitmore says he was bullied and assaulted during his time a the Somerville Secondary College from 2013 to 2014 and is calling on the state government to provide free counselling to bullying victims via a Change.org petition.
While attending Somerville Secondary College from 2013 to 2014, Nathan was subjected to countless sessions of verbal and physical abuse from other students that included death threats.
He was told he was at the top of one student’s “kill list”, was called a “faggot” and “a pig”, and was struck across the face with a skateboard – because of his homosexuality.
According to Nathan and his mother Cathilee Whitmore, the bullying was consistently carried out by a known group of students with an identified ringleader. Despite Cathilee making contact with the school’s principal and the Victorian Department of Education on numerous occasions, she says the school systematically failed to take serious or significant action to ensure Nathan’s safety.