Businesses in Roanoke and Vinton are Anti-Bullying

Some bullies hate gay people. Jordan Addison is a gay student at Radford University in Radford, Virginia, and his car has been vandalized four times: three times on-campus and once at his home. Mr. Addison said, “The first time there were some homophobic slurs keyed into the side of it.” He has tried to cover the homophobic slur that was written across one side of his car, but he was unsuccessful. A spelling-challenged bully even keyed the word “dye” on the car. Mr. Addison could not afford to get his car fixed. He said, “The lowest estimate I got just to fix the damage to the doors was like $2,500, and for a college student that’s a lot of money.” Richard Henegar, Jr., is against bullying. Mr. Henegar said, “Once I saw the vandalism that was done to it, I said that’s uncalled for, we’re gonna fix your car, that’s the least we can do.” Mr. Henegar is the manager at Quality Auto Paint and Body in Roanoke, Virginia, and the shop spent an estimated 100 hours over two weeks working on the car and adding extras: new tires, new paint job, tinted windows, new security system, and new stereo. The total cost is well over $10,000, and all of it is free to Mr. Addison, who said, “It looks great. It hasn’t looked that great the entire time I’ve had it.” Mr. Henegar said, “We were glad to see he was pleased with it.” He was careful to point out that several other businesses helped cover the cost. He pointed out, “We can’t afford to do this ourselves. We might have all the good intentions in the world, but I can’t finance something like this ourselves.” What are the other local businesses that are against bullying? They include Advance Auto Parts, AJ’s Landscaping, B&C Exterminating, Moon’s Auto Body, Parts Unlimited (in Vinton), Rice Toyota, The Rod Shop, Sunnybrook Auto Spa, Twists & Turns, and Val’s Automotive.

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