Mojtaba, 22, an Iranian refugee student ended is college day with a cut in his throat inflicted by a fellow student for being gay and an immigrant.
Below is his account of what happened on 25th November as told to Xtra.
He was waiting for a friend outside the editing suite at the school when another student began to behave unusually.
“He came to me and said, ‘What are you looking at,’” says Mojtaba. “He punched [a nearby] telephone [booth] and he left.”
He recounts, seeing the same man in the 2nd floor. “He was whispering something to me,” he says. “He was not normal at that time.”
When he confronted the man, Mojtaba says, the man responded with racist and homophobic slurs. He says the man also called him ‘bitch’ and ‘faggot.’ “I don’t remember exactly what he said, but it was like…‘leave here and go back to your fucking country.”
Mojtaba followed the man and asked him to repeat himself.
“He pulled something out of his pocket,” says Mojtaba. But he didn’t get time to see what it was as the attacker had pulled Mojtaba’s hoodie over his face and started to hit him. His throat was cut and there were ink marks leading the police to conclude the object used was a pen.
“I just wanted to protect myself… I just pulled his hair,” he says. He says the man told him, “You’re such a faggot, you’re such a bitch you don’t even know how to fight.”
His attacker is not unknown to him. They are both in the same program and have 2 classes together.
A 21 year old man was arrested by the Toronto Police in connection with the incident.