Pueblo police are calling an attack on a teenage boy a hate crime.
15 Year old Anthony Hergesheimer was smashed in the face with a metal object last week while he walked home from school.
Anthony says he is openly gay. He says that's the reason he was attacked.
Anthony suffered from a broken nose and a fractured cheek bone.
All six teenage boys accused of assaulting Hergesheimer are facing several felony charges and a one year expulsion from school.
Hergesheimer and the six teens all attend Centennial High School.
Another teenage boy who lives in Denver is facing similar charges for sending threatening e-mails to Anthony.
Pueblo City School officials say they will not tolerate such behavior and will punish the alleged attackers to the fullest.