Mom says teen son was attacked outside Plano Sports Authority after defending lesbian friends

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The mother of a Plano teen is upset about how police have handled the assault of her son on Sunday.

Her son, 18, was exiting the Plano Sports Authority, at 601 Seabrook Drive, when two men approached him and his two female friends, who were holding hands. The men made derogatory comments to the lesbian couple, prompting her son to step in.

The men then kicked and beat the teen, taking out a gun and hitting him with it before running off. The mother said her son went to the hospital and needed several stitches for cuts on his face.

The son did not want to be identified and declined to comment.

His mother, however, was adamant about talking about the incident because it happened in the middle of the afternoon. She said Plano police initially told her not to file a report and she could not reach a detective until Tuesday.

“This is a violent hate crime because it happened because two girls were holding hands,” she said. “The fact that it’s not out there and nobody’s saying anything is driving me completely insane. And that Plano just wants it to go away.”

As for son standing up for his friends, she said her sister is a lesbian and she raised her son to respect others.

“My son’s always stood up for all of his friends because he knows, like we do, that people have a right to be who they are,” she said.

David Tilley, a spokesman for the Plano Police Department, said the basic report mentions that a male and two female teens were in the 600 block of Seabrook Drive when two black males approached them. The men then attacked the male teen, kicking him and beating him with a gun before fleeing on foot.

He said the incident happened around 2 p.m. and police responded to the hospital, later returning to the scene to investigate.

But the report does not mention what sparked the attack or any words that were exchanged between the teens and the men, Tilley said. He said it is up to investigators to determine whether it was a hate crime based on the investigation.

Detective Jerry Minton said investigators had learned that comments were made to the teen’s female friends and that he was beaten up after he stood up for them. But Minton said he didn’t know what the comments were.

The mother, whose name is being withheld to avoid identifying her son, said the comments started because the lesbian couple was showing affection. The mother said police told her they didn’t want her to go public because it could compromise their investigatio. But Tilley said police don’t have a specific description of the men involved.

“They don’t want people to know that a kid was assaulted in the middle of the afternoon in Plano in broad daylight, beaten with a gun, no one did anything about it and he was protecting his lesbian friends. They don’t want that out there,” she said. “I want it out there. Somebody has to know who these kids or guys are.”

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