Hey Horror Addicts, Wednesday, August 24th is Hug A Goth Day. So if you know a goth or see a goth walking down the street, make sure that you give them a hug. Hug a Goth Day is meant to pay homage to Sophie Lancaster who was brutally killed after being attacked by strangers for being goth in the United Kingdom.
On August 11th 2007, Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend Rob Maltby we’re walking home when they we’re brutally attacked by thugs just because they we’re different. Rob tried to stop the attackers but they overpowered him. Sophie cradled her boyfriend’s head and begged their attackers to stop, but instead of stopping they kicked her until she was unconscious.
Both Rob and Sophie we’re beaten into comas. Two weeks later, Rob came out of his coma but Sophie did not. Sadly Sophie died on August 27th when her family decided to take her off of life support. The teenagers who participated in the attack bragged to some other teenagers saying that they did “something good.” There we’re also other kids who witnessed the attack.
Thanks to the witnesses, two of the attackers we’re sentenced to life imprisonment and three others were sentenced to prison terms for the attack. A police detective said that the attack was one of the most violent murders that he had ever come across and the attackers did not feel the least bit guilty and joked with their parents about what they had done.
Though Sophie Lancaster’s life ended in a very tragic way, she will never be forgotten. Her boyfriend Robert Maltby put on a display of his art that was inspired by Sophie to honor her memory. Also on October 6th 2007, a concert was held in Sophie’s honor featuring 10 bands. Also a fund was set up in her honor called: S.O.P.H.I.E.(Stamp Out Prejudice, Hatred and Intolerance Everywhere).
So in honor of Sophie Lancaster hug a goth on August 24th and think of all the people who have been discriminated against just because they were different.
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