19-year-old John Mateer claims that he was brutally beaten by a fraternity member upon revealing his sexuality.
According to The New York Daily News, the attack took place at Pennsylvania State University, the campus he was visiting over the weekend.
The images Mateer posted Saturday and Sunday on social media caused a public outcry, and police are currently investigating the crime.
“Don’t let a frat guy know that you’re gay,” he Tweeted. “I am bleeding on my phone. Got the living s— kicked out of me…. The brother admitted that he hated gays. Proceeded to kick the s— out of me,” Mateer wrote on Twitter.
“This has brought me to tears,” wrote one Twitter user. “I can’t describe how disappointed I am. No one deserves this.”
Another wrote, “This is disgusting. I am so sorry that you had to go through this just for being yourself.”
in a statement released Tuesday, Penn State condemned the alleged attack: “Violence in any form is repulsive and hurtful and those responsible should and will be held accountable for their actions.”
The State College Police Department have the suspect in custody but haven’t released his name yet.
They claiming he’s not, in fact, a frat boy, and they aren’t investigating the incident as a hate crime.