You know, the older I get, the more I fucking hate my fellow grown-ups:
The Anoka-Hennpin school district is Minnesota’s largest, serving
upwards of 40,000 students. At that size, you would think the school
board would want to do anything it could to make sure that all 40K are
treated with dignity, respect, and given a safe place to learn.
there’s a disturbing pattern in the Anoka-Hennepin school district of
ignoring the safety concerns and threats that LGBT students face. A
year ago, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights issued a blistering
investigation into a case of two teachers in the district, who harassed
a student because he was gay. In the wake of that incident, activists
pleaded with the school district to enact an anti-bullying curriculum
that dealt with issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.
The school board didn’t listen.
one year later, and with three suicides by gay students under its belt,
the Anoka-Hennepin School Board is again being pressured to take a
tougher stand on bullying, and to rebuff efforts like those made by
Focus on the Family, which see anti-bullying programs as nothing short
of indoctrinating kids with homosexuality. These anti-gay activists
fight anti-bullying programs tooth and nail. And the result is a toxic
climate for LGBT students, and one that leads to violence and suicide.
mother Tammy puts a somber punctuation mark on the Anoka-Hennepin
School Board’s ambivalence toward LGBT bullying and LGBT suicide.
you think my son Justin deserved to die because there are other kids
who feel superior by picking on him and no staff member will stop them?”
Yeah, probably, some of them, that’s exactly what they think. The older I get, the more I realize most people don’t actually grow up. We’re all just walking around faking it with varying degrees of success, and inside most of us are still in high school, basically feral, frightened all the time and figuring we can either continue the stuff we did back when we were first learning how to interact with others, or continue the stuff that was done to us.