Six weeks ago, a Centennial high school student opened up about being gay, and on Tuesday, he found an anonymous threatening letter in his English class that's prompting a police investigation.
"I'm really proud to be out and be myself. I get to do what I want without having to hide anymore," Centennial High School senior Ryan Eichenauer said.
Eichenauer insists the threats won't change who he is. He is gay and he is done hiding it.
"I know there are going to be people in life who don't agree with it. But that's who I am," he said.
Eichenauer had no idea the hate and venom that would soon follow after he posted this heartfelt, videotaped message to friends, family and classmates on Facebook just before the New Year.
"I don't like the term "coming out" because I'm not coming out. I am letting the world in," he said in the video.
Within weeks, Eichenauer had found two threatening anonymous letters placed on his desk in two separate classrooms.
He found the second one Tuesday morning during second-hour English, the language venomous.
"It definitely makes me sick," Eichenauer said.
Not only does the note attack his sexuality, but it says "I can't wait for the day that I get to walk over your grave and if you don't put yourself there, I will be glad to. Just do us all a favor and do it soon. Kill yourself already."
The letter reads, in part,
I see there are many others who also want you dead. Good. And it's not just the two of us who have decided to speak up. It's everyone. […] like you don't deserve to live in this world. Innocent people die every day, but the scum of the earth like you gets to live? […] that. That is about to change. No one likes the fact that you are alive. No one likes the way you show your sexuality. You are a […] sinner. Someone should do something about it…I will. I am not a coward. I protect the house of god from […] like you."
Eichenauer reported the note to authorities.
"It's definitely -- emotions are overwhelming," Eichenauer said. "A little scared, I feel safe in my school. Right now, mostly uncomfortable."
"It's harassment.. We take harassment very seriously. And it was threatening," principal Tom Breuning said.
Breuning confirmed that multiple investigations have been launched by the north metro school district as well as the Blaine Police Department.
"Whoever is behind it, it's unacceptable. And the safety of all our students is paramount importance to us," Breuning said.
"The first threat I cried a lot. A lot of tears and emotions. Even though that was less threatening. Then this one came along. Is this what I am going to get forever, from now on?" Eichenauer said.
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