Police investigate alleged assault on college teen by ‘frat member’

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Police are investigating an alleged assault on a college student who posted photos of his injuries online.

John Mateer, 19, posted photos of his bloodied face and hand online, along with the message: “Don’t let a frat guy know that you’re gay.”


In another tweet, he said: “I am bleeding on my phone“

The teen, who studies at Queens College, was visiting Penn State University.

In later tweets, he said: “got the living sh-t kicked out of me. The brother admitted that he hated gays. Proceeded to kick the sh-t out of me.”

The suspect, apparently not a frat member, was identified, and the incident is not being considered a hate crime.

The State College Police Department has posted online that an investigation is underway.

“On October 4, 2015, the State College Police Department was notified of numerous Twitter posts about a male being assaulted in State College last night.  Based on a post from the victim, it may have occurred around North Burrows Road.  State College Police have initiated an investigation which is ongoing.  Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

“We are urging anyone who may have information regarding this incident to contact the State College Police Department at (814) 234-7150, by email or submit an anonymous tip through our website.”


Penn State released a statement: “The State College Police Department, with assistance from Penn State Student Affairs, is continuing in its investigation of an alleged assault.

“Authorities have been in contact with the alleged victim, and it is our sincere hope that he is recovering well. Violence in any form is repulsive and hurtful, and those responsible should and will be held accountable for their actions. We thank the concerned individuals who made us aware of the incident on social media on Sunday; they are representative of the care and compassion we see at Penn State every day.

“We all must continue to work together to maintain a safe, welcoming and respectful environment for all Penn Staters as well as anyone visiting our campus and community.”

PinkNews has reached out to Mateer, but has had no response.