Auto Body Shop Stands up for Bullied Gay Teen, Restores Vandalized Car

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gay student gets auto repairedA Radford University student has a newly restored car and added security system thanks to Virginia businesses that took a firm stand against bullying.

The young man's car was vandalized four times this year, it's tires slashed, windows broken and, worst of all, gay slurs carved into the side of the vehicle.

A manager at Quality Auto Paint and Body in Roanoke, Richard Henegar Jr., heard what happened and rallied local businesses to help.

In all, his shop worked for 100 hours on the car for free, even adding new additions like tinted windows, a powerful stereo and security system. Other businesses pitched in to help, all wearing anti-bully shirts at the car's unveiling Monday.

The student sought an estimate for repairing just the paint job and couldn't afford the $2500 service.

(WATCH the WTVR-TV video below or read the story at WDBJ)

Thanks to Chris Cloud for sending the link!

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