Another serious case that I hope progresses and wins.
There can be no justification for allowing homophobic bullying amongst our younsters and especially in our schools.
Teachers are their to education not hide.
I wish we had the same cause with Section 28 all them years ago.
“neutrality policy” = cop out policy.
Sorry that is not how I typed it, it left out the equal sign.
So getting around PinkNews software…
A “neutrality policy” equals A cop out policy.
I wonder why Pink News persists in doing nothing about the poor state of the posting/comment software. We have been complaining about it for some time now …really since the new format was introduced. The old format worked much much better. Any comment PN?
Have to agree. Some of the stuff that comes up because of the software is just damn weird.
Are teachers in these schools then required to act ‘neutrally ‘ between bullier and bullied ONLY when sexuality is an issue, or is it prohibited for these teachers to interfere in any case of bullying?
If this latter, then it’s mad, but at least it’s consistent.
no the fed govt stepped in in Mar 2012. a judge will monitor these schools re stopping bullying
Sorry, I meant to say ‘at least it’s not homophobic’
Neutrality seems a bizarre excuse. Even if they ‘remained neutral’ about sexuality, that doesn’t mean they should be neutral about bullying. If a child is being bullied, it should be stopped.
I don’t see how any teacher can think it’s OK to not sort out bullying just because of this clause.
And they should , every school , college and business and relighion , for failure to protect children and people from the harrassment and abuse of faculity, and coworkers, same as sexually assault in the same places, they should have taken serious implimenting programs, that should always be mandatory for the peoples and childrens saftey, these places are suppose to be safe havens away from home when there, and all children cared for by loving adults that should resemble good familiy people , not terrorist, and klans of hate, monsters, attacking childrren oout of racism and allowing other student to harm students because they are part of the prejudice , and hate, bad religions of hate are the number one cause of the wars and violence, in our nation can anybody see, these are not angelic people , but evil, assaulters , wake up. a child is a child, you love them all, and teach them to love, so that they want hurt others, adults are a national disgrace, in our nation, their bigoty and
There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding about this school district’s policy. I live close and have talked to teachers, so here is how it works-
They have a strict no bullying policy. It includes bullying against sexual orientation, though it is very often completely ignored.
The idiotic “neutrality policy” means the teachers can’t discuss homosexuality in anything but terms christian fundies and LGBT people agree with, which is why most refer to it as a gag policy.
Teachers can’t say it’s okay to be ga,y that it’s natural, it’s not a choice, or they could lose their jobs. It has a lot of equivalents from back in the day- it would be like a teacher unable to say black kids and girls aren’t dumber than white males. They couldn’t tell their students that Jews aren’t money grubbers who want to own all the banks.They can’t dispel stereotypes, they can’t be positive about it in any way.
The policy also means they can’t condemn, that part just tends not to be enforced.
A lot of the schools have officials that interpret the “neutrality” policy in ways that prevent teachers from stepping in when a kid is bullied. The school district vehemently deny this, but they are lying. One of the teachers I spoke to got wrote up for telling a gay kid that it was fine to be gay and okay to be yourself in the hallway after stopping bullies. She won’t come forward because she supports her family and can’t lose her job. The superintendent made it pretty clear to teachers that publicly coming out against the policy would be a very poor career choice. Teachers are afraid to enforce the bullying policy when gay kids are involved because of the gag policy. The anti-gay teachers use it to condemn or ignore the gay kids when they are in trouble, hence a lot of the blaming the kids for the torment others are putting them through.
What you guys have read about in the lawsuits is the tip of the iceberg, and for those 7 suicides there were a lot more suicide attempts.
In Minnesota several years ago Jamie Nabozny won $900,000 in punitive and compensatory damages from his school board for failing to protect him.
Silence/neutrality does nothing to help lgbt students who are being harassed, but a comprehensive school policy that addresses these particular issues might be the thing that saves their bottom (line). This is becoming a major $$ issue for school boards, so time to do more for your lgbt students.
Bigotry on parade, masquerading as ‘religious rights’ , now claimed as ‘neutrality’. AmeriKKKa is no place for gays or anyone who is not entirely bigoted and hate-filled. I am ashamed to be American. It is turning into a taliban-like state, descending into an evil theocracy. I am very ashamed to be American. It is an evil place now.
America is turning into Iran!!!
FYI the half measure was correctly trashed. The fed govt here required them to put in policies to stop the bullying and will monitor them for 5 years.
Christians murder 3000 kids a year in a repeating 9-11
while they talk about protecting life.
We should go to war …….