Bullard High School student allegedly attacked for being gay

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A high school hate crime is under investigation in Fresno after a student was allegedly attacked for being gay.

Fresno police said the student was attacked during a fire drill at Bullard High School.
     
The student claims she was hit and verbally assaulted.

Logann Pruneda is an openly gay sophomore at Bullard High School.

She gathered in a crowd of students near the football field for the fire drill when she was struck in the ribs by something.

“I get hit two more times with the apple juices that were full and closed,” said Pruneda.

She said juice boxes hit her in the neck and back leaving bruises and visible marks.

That’s when she said someone started yelling derogatory slurs attacking her sexuality.

“It was shocking to everybody, especially my friends and family,” Pruneda.

“I still have to catch myself from tearing up. Having her go through something like this you know,” said John Pruneda, Logann’s father.

She reported it to school officials who have since launched an investigation along with Fresno Police.

They are calling the incident a hate crime.

Bullard High School Principal Carlos Castillo said the school and district are taking steps to communicate with students.

“We have created a tip line, an anonymous tip line for the school which we will roll out in the next couple of days,” said Castillo.

He said no one has stepped forward yet with the identity of the student responsible.

“We want to be able to help educate our students and our community and everyone else to make sure that no one else feels excluded or targeted by anyone,” said Castillo.

The incident comes on the heels of comments made by Fresno Unified School Board President Brooke Ashjian.

He criticized LGBT inclusive sex education, which many perceived as discriminatory.

Pruneda said education is exactly what the community needs right now.

“They can’t change me. They can’t change who I am,” said Pruneda.

A $750 reward is being offered by former Fresno County Supervisor Henry Parea and two other donors to help find the students responsible.

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