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Posted on 01/05/2011 9:30:34 AM PST by markomalley
The U.S. Justice Department went into a public high school on Tuesday with a message for students: If youre different, if youre gay, and if youre being bullied dont feel alone, dont be ashamed, and dont hesitate to call on the federal government for help if your school doesnt stop the bullying.
If you have been targeted for harassment or bullying because of your sexual orientation, because of your gender identity or expression, or simply because your classmates see you as different, I am here to tell you that the Civil Rights Division will not stand for it, Tom Perez, the assistant attorney general for the Justice Departments Civil Rights Division, told students at James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring, Md.
As part of the event sponsored by the schools administration and its gay-straight alliance Perez played a videotape in which mostly gay and lesbian Civil Rights Division employees (and one who identified herself as intersex) shared their stories of being bullied at school. They also offered supportive messages to those who are being bullied now:
You do have allies -- we are here for you, one Civil Rights Division employee says in the video.
If you can find some hope in the fact that you have a whole community of people out here people who youve never met, and weve never met you, but we think of you and care about you and want you to be safe and want you to be happy, another employee says.
Being different is cool, another employee says.
When I was in grade school and high school, I was bullied. But now I prosecute bullies, says yet another employee.
Dont be ashamed of who you are, just keep on being yourself.
The video was produced by the Civil Rights Division staff for submission to the national It Gets Better Project, which was launched after a string of suicides of homosexual students who reportedly had been bullied. The project is intended to reassure LGBT youth that life gets better after high school.
Following the assistant attorney generals remarks and the video presentation, students at Blake High School were invited to sign the It Gets Better Pledge, which reads as follows: Everyone deserves to be respected for who they are. I pledge to spread this message to my friends, family and neighbors. I'll speak up against hate and intolerance whenever I see it, at school and at work. I'll provide hope for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and other bullied teens by letting them know that It Gets Better."
According to a blog on the Justice Departments Web site, Perez told students that in addition to the Civil Rights Division bringing cases against bullies, we also need to address the attitudes and behavior that lead to bullying.
Perez gave the students examples of how the Justice Department has intervened in cases of bullying including the case of an openly homosexual teenager in New York who failed to conform to gender stereotypes.
A settlement reached in that case requires the school district to, among other things, retain an expert consultant to review policies related to harassment, and train faculty and staff annually on discrimination and harassment.
Imho, this is one of the reasons that people voted for Obama.
So its ok to bully short boys and nerds?
The Federal government is more likely to see a ‘civil rights’ violation where none exists. Get ready for families to get crushed when their kid uses an epithet during an argument or a physical altercation.
Yep and I suppose if you are just fat, ugly, awkward, geeky, or a nerd they don’t give a damn. This identity politics crap is just manipulation to bully everyone to acceptance of the unacceptable.
More special rights for homosexuals.
“So its ok to bully short boys and nerds?”
As long as they’re white.
What if you’re a goat-humper?
What if you’re bullied at school for “acting white” because you hand in your math homework every day?
Exactly. Why can’t we try to stop all bullying, not just that of protected classes?
I was bullied pretty consistently for 10 years and I have little tolerance for the common FR opinion that somehow it is acceptable. I have a sneaking suspicion those who feel this way were bullies themselves.
Such behavior will not be tolerated in adult life, why should it be tolerated in schools?
But this whole protected groups bit is the wrong way to go about it.
Hmmmm...what could the solution be to getting bullied because you’re gay?
New anti-discrimination laws?
Counseling and recrimination for the bully?
How about this radical idea.....
MAN UP and stop acting like a damn fruit!!!!!!!!!
(I know...I’m SO insensitive.)
That’s so gay.
What about being bullie for being small? Not so bright? Stuttering?
Why aren’t the school authorities doing something about bullying, in general?
When I was in school, the teachers didn’t want you to come to them with tales of being bullied, “Nobody likes a tattle-tale” was the cry. Yet, if you defended yourself, both of you were suspended.
When my daughter was in elementary school, a young, black thug was sitting behind her, bullying her. We went to the school authorities, and got nothing. And the principal was a personal friend of the family.
It was only after one teacher personally saw this hoodlum stick a pin (not pen) into her shoulder that the bully was transferred to another school.
We all know this is BS.
Mostly it’s about punishing anyone who expresses opposition to homosexuality being punished for that belief.
No actual person is being “bullied”,
except, of course, for the person expressing his opposing belief.
short kids and nerds? fat kids? redheads? kids who wear glasses and those braces that look like bridles? ...
Shut up and sit down, losers. And hand over your lunch mney.
Bullied by the Civil Rights Division, how about that!...
No, just Christians and Heterosexuals.