After years of homophobic bullying, a high school student decided to take a stand against his teen tormentor after he was called a “faggot” in class.
In a video of the incident posted by the bullied teen, Jordan Steffy, the unidentified bully can be heard calling him the gay slur before Jordan took a swing.
This is the fight 😶 pic.twitter.com/DAsehv9I4m
— Jordan Steffy (@JordanSteffy1) November 9, 2019
In another video of the incident that has been seen over 6 million times since it was posted to Twitter on Thursday, the bully can be heard saying “don’t fucking put your hands on me faggot.”
After Jordan takes a swing, he warns: “Don’t call me a fucking faggot.”
Y’all ever wonder what’s going on at your old high school too? pic.twitter.com/FiCZw8y6ir
— Tyler Konopacki (@Konopaco) November 7, 2019
“I really can’t believe people actually are around to tell me that it was ok to stick up for myself!” Jordan tweeted in response to the support he received on Twitter after sharing the video.
“I honestly was just looking for an apology,” he wrote. “But he acted like it was no big deal and that has been the word to define me since 2nd grade.”
He notes that the school suspended him and the bully, but his suspension was longer “due to the fighting.”
Jordan added, “But I am taking it as a lesson to not be anyone’s doormat and to leave your shoes at the door.”
Asked if he was ok, he wrote: “Yes I’m good better than ever – I honestly can’t thank people enough for all the support! Thank you for taking the time to check!”
One parent wrote, “As a mom, I think you did good.”
“So did mine she told me that she does not condone fighting but this is something she told me it was ok to use to stick up for me and many people who are who they choose to be,” he wrote in response.
“My mom is pulling me into homeschool just because she doesn’t agree with how” the school handled the incident, Jordan writes.
“I want other kids who are going through the same thing day in to day out from friends, classmates, random people to stick up for themselves and to better them for them and to have confidence,” he wrote.
The fight appears to have occurred at Laporte High School in La Porte, Indiana.
Many on Gay Twitter praised Jordan for taking a stand after years of torment:
Fuck everyone in that room for doing nothing to stop that bully. And fuck that teacher for waiting until the fight started to intervene. And lastly, fuck that kid for calling f word. He needed to catch them hands.
— Jordan Jayro (@jordanjayro) November 9, 2019
Whoop. 👏🏼Their. 👏🏼Ass. 👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/GxSIG8cNJs
— Joshua Anthony Villegas (@Joshooahvee88) November 9, 2019
— 🧨 (@invertibrate) November 9, 2019
Honestly Jordan might've knocked that particular vocabulary out of his head for good. Icon
— ヱリカ (@Kangaesugiru) November 9, 2019
Stay strong dont don't let any one take your spirit down. IF you ever need an ear to talk to message me on IG WE ARE ALL HERE TO SUPPORT YOU.
— VivaciousNYC (@VivaciousNYC) November 9, 2019