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Gay College Student Receives Note On Dorm Room Door Saying, “Kill Yourself”

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OMAHA, Nebraska — Creighton University is investigating a “hateful” message pinned on a student’s dorm room door.

“By the time I got to my door, there was no one there,” Joseph Gray said. “I saw the note on my door.”

Gray got a rude awakening when he saw that note. It said, “Kill yourself. Leave our school. Gays are not welcome in Nebraska or Creighton.” The note also included a gay slur.

“I’m not the only gay kid on campus,” Gray said. “I’m not the only kid that suffers from bullying on campus related to this.”

Which is why Gray shared his story with WOWT 6 News. After finding the note on his door, he took it to the university in hopes of finding who is responsible.

“I have to go on the street and worry about it every day,” Gray said. “I shouldn’t have to come back to where I sleep and worry about what I’m going to see.”

The university is investigating what happened, sending a statement to students Friday that read in part, “The incident is a breach of the Jesuit values we all share as the Creighton community, values which bind us all in the common mission of ensuring Creighton is a safe, respectful, inclusive place.”

“To tell someone to just kill themselves is not OK,” Gray said.

Gray said he wants Creighton to show more commitment to helping LGBTQ students. Either way, he is hoping others can hear his story.

He even posted it on Facebook getting more than 1,000 reactions and 1,000 shares. He said he is getting messages from all over.

While he does not know who put the note on his door, he simply wants the person responsible to learn the kind of damage it can do.

“I don’t want to ruin someone’s life,” Gray said. “It didn’t ruin my life. All it did was frustrate me, and I’m a big kid, but it can ruin someone else’s.”

Gray said it was not the first time something like this has happened to him at Creighton because he is gay.

The university president calls the note “hateful” and “discriminatory.” He said the university’s Office of Equity and Inclusion is investigating what happened.

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John Wright is the editor of OutSmart magazine. He has spent two decades in the mainstream and LGBTQ media. Most recently, he served as senior editor of Dallas Voice, and covered LGBTQ issues in the state Legislature for The Texas Observer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Wright earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida. He resides in the EaDo area of Houston, where he is currently remodeling a 1930s row house.
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