Ave Maria Student Speaks Out About Homophobia, Harassment, and Death Threats

In 2011, New Times wrote about Ave Maria University, a $500 million Catholic catastrophe in the middle of the Corkscrew Swamp. Lawsuits, scandals, and a federal investigation threatened to ruin the pious project just four years into billionaire pizza mogul Tom Monaghan's plans.

Two years later, one of Ave Maria's students is now stepping forward to tell his horror story of receiving harassment and death threats in the small town/school near Naples.

"Somebody needs to write about this place," Ross Hemminger says. "Somebody needs to write about the lives that they've destroyed."

See also: Ave Maria University: A Catholic project gone wrong

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Michael E. Miller was a staff writer at Miami New Times for five years. His work for New Times won many national awards, including back-to-back-to-back Sigma Delta Chi medallions. He now covers local enterprise for the Washington Post.