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Watch: University Blames Gay Student For Being Threatened With Knife By Roommate

by David Badash on September 16, 2013

in News

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An 18-year old student who says he was threatened with a knife by his new school-assigned college roommate was given a letter of discipline, claiming he was to blame, at least in part, for his roommate’s actions.

According to freshman Alex Worthley, his roommate at the University of Central Missouri told him he does not like gay people, asked to not be assigned to a gay roommate, and when Worthley asked him to turn the volume of his music down, he threatened him with a knife.

“He was like, ‘I do have a knife and I’ll use it if I have to,’” Worthley told WDAF TV news. Worthley reported the incident, and others, to school authorities. The school gave the students different rooms, but also a letter of discipline.

Gay college student feels revictimized after reporting knife threat | fox4kc.com

“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,” the school told Worthley in a letter.

“Worthley said he was shocked when he received a letter of discipline just like his accuser,” WDAF notes:

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

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Image: screenshot of video via WDAF

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PaulUK2901 September 16, 2013 at 11:01 am

Seriously??

Is this for real? A gay student wants the College to accept discriminatory letters from other homophobic students? Pathetic nonsense. This kid needs to grow up and get a life.

elizapar11 September 16, 2013 at 12:37 pm

No, people like you Paul, who have not learned how to get along with others like a mature adult need to grow up.

PaulUK2901 September 16, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Try to engage your brain first, you muppet.
Regardless of this kid's sexuality, he needs to grow up. If he is seriously afraid of being threatened with a knife, why hasn't he phoned the Police? Pandered to juveniles like this kid distracts attention from actual serious, and real life wrong doing. Immature and infantile non stories like this waste everybody's time. Get real!!

Nestalgica September 16, 2013 at 1:55 pm

As a former RA in a college dorm, I can confidently say that this (and not calling the police) was the correct thing to do. Every college with an Office of Residential Life takes responsibility for each of its residents' well being, and if this student would have called the police, he probably would have been referred back to the Office of Residential Life and/or Student Development. We were the ones to deal with any sort of confrontation or disciplinary actions unless it became a situation that was too dangerous for us or Campus Security to deal with. Then, we would be the ones to call the police, not the student. In this case, because the threat was only verbal, the police had no reason to become involved.

All that being said, the real point of the story was that the college's reaction to the situation was entirely irresponsible. Regardless of whether the student's complaint was appropriate or not, once the school is aware of any sort of situation like this, they are legally obligated to respond, and this was the wrong way of doing it.

PaulUK2901 September 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm

If he had phoned the Police, at least they would have had a laugh.

BJLincoln September 16, 2013 at 12:32 pm

The boy with the knife should be expelled. Pulling a weapon is grounds for immediate removal in most schools.
It seems to me schools, from grade school on up, punish both parties when there is a fight. here is a lot of info missing from this newscast as well as this did not happen out of the blue on the first day but after both had been roommates for 3 weeks. After the first 3 weeks of being away from home for the first time, things tend to escalate between people. Often it is over personal space, cleanliness and noise. Most freshmen look and smell bad by the third week. I am not defending the school. Just saying this is what happens.

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