Jordan Steffy is a junior at LaPorte High School in Indiana, and he has become an Internet hero after a video of him slapping the crap out of a homophobic bully went viral. Now, violence is never okay, but there is something pretty satisfying about watching someone get whacked in the face after they use a slur, which might explain the popularity of the video.
Steffy spoke with Insider about his stand, saying he’s been getting bullied ever since he came out in seventh grade. On the day of the fight, his classmate posted a homophobic message on Snapchat with a photo of him, and he lost it.
“He made an anti-gay post with a picture of me on it saying how he hated gays and a bunch of throwing up emojis all over it,” Steffy said. “I walked up to him and said ‘Why did you post this?’ He said ‘It was just a post.’ And I said ‘Well, it’s not just a post. It’s a post about me, saying how you dislike who I am, and I don’t appreciate that.'”
“He went on to say ‘Okay, but what are you going to do about it?’ I said ‘I’m not going to deal with this, this is the last time I’m called anything.’ And then he said ‘What are you going to do about it, f*ggot?’ And that’s when I was like ‘No, I’m not doing this.'”
Steffy says a lot more things before slapping that homophobe back into his seat:
This is the fight 😶 pic.twitter.com/DAsehv9I4m— Jordan Steffy (@JordanSteffy1) November 9, 2019
The incident was also captured from another angle and shared by someone who claims they went to the same high school. It’s been viewed over 10 million times:
Y’all ever wonder what’s going on at your old high school too? pic.twitter.com/FiCZw8y6ir— Tyler Konopacki (@Konopaco) November 7, 2019
Steffy says he’s tried to report homophobic incidents to the school administration many times, but usually ends up getting into more trouble than his harassers.
“It seemed like I was getting in more trouble for reporting it than I was if I didn’t say anything at all,” he said. “It was doing me more harm than it was good.”
In this case, he was taken to the principal’s office and suspended. While he might not be receiving support at school, on the Internet he is getting lots of love from people who wish they could have done the same thing:
Honestly sis, you slapped him for all of us. Keep letting them have it! pic.twitter.com/2PGpljt65w— Jon Spurny (@MrJonSpurny) November 9, 2019
this little girl!🤣🤣🤣— v ૐ (@ohsnapitz_val) November 9, 2019
we stan!!!!! pic.twitter.com/yD3FRUtluW
— 𝒃𝒓𝒆𝒐𝒏𝒂 (@PUSCCYPOPPINN) November 9, 2019
It’s what he deserves pic.twitter.com/UxEzwKjgBe
— Traypostedthat (@traypostedthat) November 9, 2019
THE SWIFTNESS! THE POWER !! pic.twitter.com/cci3fobZ5A
— cole 🎄 (@slayyyted) November 9, 2019
king! it’s hilarious how homophobes suddenly forget how to say the word when you fight back! 💕
— nipsey+ 🧜🏽♀️ (@eboneenoeI) November 9, 2019
the first punch got him like : pic.twitter.com/bnJ1mPmZxk
— dar (@konthorr) November 9, 2019
Steffy has said on Twitter that his mother is planning to take him out of school:
Oh no I was suspended and my mom is pulling me into homeschool just because she doesn’t agree with how it was handled— Jordan Steffy (@JordanSteffy1) November 9, 2019
Suspended me , and the other kid me longer of course due to the fighting but I am taking it as a lesson to not be anyone’s doormat and to leave your shoes at the door 🚪— Jordan Steffy (@JordanSteffy1) November 9, 2019
Again, violence is bad. That’s why we have to teach kids acceptance and respect—or they might get their teeth slapped out.