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Student told to kill herself and bullied with threatening song for being gay

By Fabio Crispim

Speaking to FOX 4

, a student has opened up about receiving death threats from classmates due to her sexuality.

Hannah Reno, 17, says that “It was just extremely nasty.”

Hannah, a junior at Basehor-Linwood High School explained that she was on the bus home on Friday when she received a Facebook message from two male students with song lyrics.

Hannah says that the message “addressed things like my sexuality, and it addressed him wanting to kill me, and him wanting me to kill myself.”

Hannah Leno Facebook

Her father, Brian, said that his daughter told him about the message the next day. He said, “They wanted to cut her throat, shoot her, they wanted her to slit her wrists and cut her own throat.”

“She just was almost hysterical that she couldn’t believe that she was attacked because of her sexual preference.”

Brian explains how he called the police and they advised him to go to the school’s resource officer.

The school district declined to speak to FOX 4 but said that two students were suspended for violating a handbook policy: severe disrespect and intimidation of another student.

However Brian feels the punishment is severe enough.

“If this was a bomb threat song, what would have happened? That school would have been on lock down, but because of my daughter’s sexual preferences being questioned, they’re trying to minimise this, and I do not like this at all.”