On Monday, March 19, Texas man Greg Barrett confronted the superintendent of the Katy Independent School Board over alleged bullying over 35 years ago.
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Greg Barrett walked up to the podium, striding past the empty rows of chairs behind him.
It was a Monday night, and attendance at the Katy Independent School District school board meeting was sparse.
Not that it mattered. As Barrett began speaking, his gaze was focused on the district officials seated in front of him — in particular, on Lance Hindt, the superintendent of the Houston-area district.
He and Hindt had gone to school together in Katy, Texas, more than three decades ago, Barrett explained. He then launched into an account of how he had been targeted as a child because of his legal name: Greg Gay.
“I was bullied. Unbelievably bullied,” Barrett said. “I started out and I had teachers that bullied me, I had kids that bullied me, even the coaches. I had nobody to turn to.”
One day at lunch, Barrett said some classmates assaulted him and shoved his head in a urinal. He remembers lying on the ground in fetal position — with a busted lip, and covered in urine — as the kids kicked him, he said.
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