Broward LGBTQ teenager brutally attacked for second time

POMPANO BEACH, Florida. – An LGBTQ teenager that made national headlines after being attacked at a South Florida college, was assaulted again.

Chad Sanford received a lot of love and support last year after the story went viral.

The 14-year-old was attacked again and it was vicious.

The video might be hard to watch for some.

Chad received an invitation to hang out with a group of young people who are thought to be friends.

“They came up behind me and jumped on me,” Chad said, adding that the assailants said, “Don’t come around me with that gay (expletive).”

It was a little over a year ago when Chad was beaten and body slammed as classmates shouted homophobic slurs.

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It happened at Deerfield Middle School, where Chad was taking classes.

Days after that attack last year, Chad told Local 10 News, “It’s just sad because I wanted to kill myself.”

Chad’s grandmother, who asked for her identity to be protected, said the past year has not been easy.

“Just let Chad be Chad,” she said. “Guys were spitting on him on the bus and treating him in every way because of being transgender and living the life of who he wanted to be. I’m just frustrated.

Chad’s grandmother sent Local 10 News video footage of the latest attack, which can be seen at the top of this page, but is graphic and may disturb some.

“They would hit Chad the wrong way or something elusive would happen to Chad, what am I supposed to do,” his grandmother said.

Chad’s grandmother said she called the sheriff’s office in Broward.

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