LIGALY: William Floyd H.S. attack was avoidable

The Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth believes an alleged bias attack at William Floyd High School could have been avoided if the school had a tolerance program in place.

Two men allegedly pummeled 19-year-old student Jermel Dixon in the hallways while yelling anti-gay epithets Tuesday. Executive director David Kilmnick says LIGALY has been trying to establish a schoolwide tolerance program at William Floyd for 17 years.

Superintendent Paul Casciano says the school does not have a program because its homosexual students do not believe one is necessary.

"We're very sensitive to the needs of all of our students, including our students who are gay and lesbian," says Casciano. "I believe they're very comfortable here and feel very welcome here."

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