LGBTQ+ assault committed in downtown Brookings


Brianna Schreurs

A South Dakota State University student was assaulted on Main Avenue on Halloween because of their sexual orientation.

The student was reportedly punched in the face after a stranger asked if they were gay.

The Brookings Police Department is currently investigating the situation.

Students’ Association Sen. Sydney Swanson said at the Nov. 5 meeting Brookings, South Dakota “has a rating of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index. We should really think about that.”

Total scores are on a scale of 0 – 100. A score of 0 means the state does not have laws, policies and services that support LGBTQ+ people.


*This is a developing story. Updates to come.