Her ugliness stretched beyond painful homophobia
It was a Thursday night in September when Kathryn and 10 or so of her friends (many from our high school) passed a couple on the street after getting dinner and drinks. Upon seeing the two men holding hands, one of the boys with Kathryn (let's not bother calling them men) reportedly asked, "Is that your fucking boyfriend?" Homophobic douchebaggery 101.
"Yeah, that is my fucking boyfriend," the man responded.
"So you're a dirty fucking faggot?"
They pushed each other as they crossed paths. Things escalated quickly.
Two of the boys in Kathryn's group began punching the couple while calling them homophobic slurs, pounding on them even once they hit the pavement. Out of the crowd came "the girl in the white dress," as witnesses -- and, once they could speak, the couple -- described Kathryn, who threw her fist and some choice words into the mix, too.
One article said there was so much blood on the ground that when the police arrived, they thought someone had been shot. Makes you wonder what the other cowards in the group were thinking or saying as they watched it happen. What I don't wonder is whether anyone in the group called the police. They didn't. According to reports, this woman I'd once idolized and her friends wandered to another bar in Center City, hung out for 45 minutes, and headed home to the suburbs. They ignored the echoes of sirens, leaving the couple to bleed into the concrete. One of the assaulted men had to have his jaw wired shut for almost two months.