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Children Charged in Attack on Lesbian in Missouri

Thursday Aug 2, 2012

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - Three children from the same family are in juvenile custody after allegedly attacking a Missouri woman, and the victim believes she was targeted because she is gay.

The Southeast Missourian ( ) reports that Jeana Terry, 41, and her partner Lisa Lange were inside their home July 24 when a 16-year-old girl who lives nearby allegedly began shouting anti-gay slurs. The girl then allegedly gathered her 13-year-old sister and 11-year-old brother, went to Terry's porch and pulled her outside when she came to the door, according to authorities.

"Once I was down, it was pure chaos," Terry said, describing being repeatedly kicked and hit.

Lange called 911, then ran out to help free Terry from the fight.

"They were kicking, stomping and beating the hell out of her," neighbor Mima Poole said.

Terry said she may need eye surgery and still suffers from bruising, nausea and dizziness.

The children's mother told the newspaper that Terry and Lange started the fight.

"My oldest daughter was outside on her phone with a friend, and they (Terry and Lange) heard her say something about 'gay,'" the mother said, "then they started yelling at her."

The Associated Press is not identifying the mother so as not to identify the children, who remain in juvenile custody.

The mother said her daughter then went to her aunt's house and told her younger brother about the incident. The two siblings returned together to the street in front of the house. She said the couple came outside and began arguing with the children.

The two younger children pleaded guilty to trespassing and second-degree assault at a juvenile hearing and will be released from custody soon, the mother said.

The 16-year-old could face assault and burglary charges, and perhaps be charged with a hate crime charge. It hasn't been determined if she will be tried as an adult. Cape Girardeau County prosecutor Morley Swingle did respond to interview requests.

Terry and Lange said that perhaps they shouldn't have responded verbally to the taunts, but they felt enough was enough.

"Before now we'd always just bite our tongue, but you can't just brush it off forever. You can only take it for so long," Terry said.

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  • , 2012-08-02 13:12:24

    There should be a law that make the parents ofthese kids responsiblefor failure to properly raise their children.

  • , 2012-08-02 15:38:16

    Another example of good Christian upbringing and values. I wonder if the children’s father lives with them or if they even have the same father. Beating the gays, good clean American fun. Frightening isn’t it, what good Christians can justify.

  • , 2012-08-02 16:13:57

    The article did not say anything about the kids being Christian. I’m gay and Christian. And as a community we can’t lump all Christians in one group just as we don’t want to be lumped together. These children are probably most definitely a product of their environment. And its sad.

  • Bomonghani, 2012-08-02 17:11:04

    I’m so damn tired of idiots belching out "christian"... Really people... Get educated. Gays pride themselves on being progressive and yet I keep hearing the word "Christian" as though it’s dirty... That mentality is no different than others treating LGBTs poorly sure to the actions of a select few...

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-08-03 03:04:37

    Unfortunately, its like obscenely rich Morman Republican Presidential Candidates, all it takes is one really obnoxious, outspoken one to turn you off to the whole tabernacle...and Donny too.

  • Wayne M., 2012-08-03 19:55:28

    Over 36 years of teaching, I learned that children are not naturally bigoted, but are taught to hate. I notice the mother of these young people is already trying to put the blame on the victims when she needs to discipline her children for violent behaviour. Clearly, the parents of these girls need to be charged for contributing to the delinquency of minors.

  • , 2012-08-03 20:57:21

    Hmm some comments here.. you’re just as bad as the people you criticise

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-08-04 10:15:54

    Really?? I’d much rather someone call you names than beat you to a pulp, but if it’s all the same to you...

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