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.
“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.
Image: screenshot of video via WDAF
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