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Majority of parents say schools should tackle anti-gay bullying

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  1. On a related note, there is a big controversy in Arkansas at the minute where Clint McCance is a school board member and posted some virulently homophobic rhetoric on his facebook profile suggesting that gay people should commit suicide, and how he would disown his kids if they were gay (amongst other things).
    http://www.hrcbackstory.org/2010/10/meet-the-face-of-hate-midland-school-board-member-gives-voice-to-bigotry/
    There is a current facebook campaign to get him sacked.

  2. I recon someone should set this Clint guy on fire!

  3. I’d like to add that currently homosexuality is on the curriculum for year 13 Ethics classes, but this is in the context of discussing the morality of our existence, which isn’t always easy to hear. Having sat through these lessons I’d say that it should defintely be taught and discussed earlier on, as there were still 18-year-olds in my school (and it was a private school, so you’d expect people to be at least moderately intelligent) saying that they didn’t like it, that “it’s just weird”. It’s not exactly bullying, but not every gay year 13 student is okay with themselves yet, and that kind of thing would not help at all.

    Not to mention the videos of pride parades and so on which we were shown and which everyone just started laughing at. Needless to say my teacher did nothing about this, since we’re still allowed to have opinions about whether our love lives are morally wrong.

  4. Peter from Brisbane 27 Oct 2010, 8:22pm

    Notagain. I’ll carry the Kerosene.

  5. My daughter has just started secondary school and is terrified of her friends finding out that she has 2 moms. She’s asked if she can keep me secret a little longer. Gutted!! We’ve had a meeting with the school and been told that there is nothing specific in the syllabus about anything LGBT. This makes me very sad. If it can’t start here where does it start?

  6. Perhaps the survey from other parents will help…

    Parents and teachers both on the campaing against homophobic bullying is a reqally positive thing.. They’re the ones that are going to make the difference not Stonewall and the government..

  7. Omar Kuddus 28 Oct 2010, 4:40pm

    And not soon enough, and one only hopes that the Local School Authorites take the lead and take on bord that Homophobia and Bullying in schools must be stamped out and that it will no longer be tolerated, either by students of the Education System / Body/ Authorities itself.
    Everyone regardless of their sexual orientation has the fundemental right to the full protection of the law.
    The recent tragic events in the Us have shown the devistating effects such behaviour can have and one prays and hopes they are nevr repeated here in the UK.

  8. I dunno why the ethics of being gay should be discussed

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