Gay student disciplined after reporting roommate threatened him with a knife


WARRENSBURG, Mo. — A student at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., said he was given a letter of discipline after reporting he was the victim of anti-gay harassment.

Alex Worthley, 18, said his dormitory roommate threatened him with a knife because the other student didn’t like having a gay roommate, reported WDAF-TV.

Worthley said he reported the threat to the Office of Student Housing, and after an investigator agreed to put the two students in separate dorm rooms, Worthley said he was shocked when he received a letter of discipline just like his attacker.

The letter stated, “There seems to be a strong possibility that some of your own actions and comments were part of the reason this situation escalated from jesting to threatening.”

Worthley said the letter “made it feel like because I’m gay that it was my fault that those threats were made.”

WDAF-TV reports:

Worthley said UCM should’ve never paired the two students in the same dorm room to begin with because his former roommate told university officials he didn’t want a gay roommate, but UCM said doing so would have been an act of “discrimination: against Worthley.

Worthley is seeking to have the letter removed from his student file.

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