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ANTI-BULLYING EFFORTS
Key Stories

 

New Campaign: Give Bullying the Bird

Huffington Post: Anti-Bullying Reports

NEA Today Article: Bullying! Does It Get Better?
Common Myths About Bullying
Bullying and School Safety Resources
Ala Dept of Education: Stop Bullying in Alabama
Tips for Dealing with LGBT Harassment in Schools

It Gets Better Project
President Barack Obama: It Gets Better
Broadway Sings for the Trevor Project: It Gets Better

 


SCHOOLS SHOULD BE SAFE FROM BULLYING
Message of Encouragement From President Obama

 

''We’ve got to dispel the myth that bullying is just a normal rite of passage – that it’s some inevitable part of growing up. It’s not. We have an obligation to ensure that our schools are safe for all of our kids. And to every young person out there you need to know that if you’re in trouble, there are caring adults who can help.

 

''I don’t know what it’s like to be picked on for being gay. But I do know what it’s like to grow up feeling that sometimes you don’t belong. It’s tough. And for a lot of kids, the sense of being alone or apart – I know can just wear on you. And when you’re teased or bullied, it can seem like somehow you brought it on yourself – for being different, or for not fitting in with everybody else. 

 

But what I want to say is this. You are not alone. You didn’t do anything wrong. You didn’t do anything to deserve being bullied. And there is a whole world waiting for you, filled with possibilities.''

 

-President Barack Obama

 

 


SPRIT DAY IS OCTOBER 19

Supporting National LGBT Bullying Prevention
 

October 2012

 

October 19 is Spirit Day, organized to raise awareness of bullying against LGBT youth.  Every year millions of Americans join the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) on or around  October 19 in wearing purple in recognition of 'Spirit Day' and to show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. Spirit Day now counts millions of Americans committed to wearing the color purple on October 19 to remember youth lost to anti-LGBT bullying.

 

 

Consider these important facts and statistics and the unhealthy impact of bullying on LGBT youth:

 

8 out of 10 students have been verbally harassed at school

4 out of 10 students have been physically harassed at school

71% of students hear homophobic remarks (dyke, faggot) often or frequently

80% of transgender students reported feeling unsafe at school because of their gender expression

40% of homeless youth are LGBT

The number one cause of LGBT youth homelessness is family rejection

Sexual minority youth are at increased risk of suicide attempts

 


BULLYING? YES! IT'S IN YOUR SCHOOL
NEA Provides Valuable Bullying Prevention Resources
 

January 2011

 

The NEA (National Education Association) acknowledges that bullying is a major problem in today's classrooms and offers resources and training for bullying and harassment prevention in the classroom. In the January/February edition of NEA Today Magazine, they state: "Today’s bullies have more ways than ever to devastate their victims. It’s time to reconsider the role educators can play in stopping them."

 

The NEA article cites recent events. The New Jersey college freshman who jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge in October isn’t the only young person allegedly driven to death by bullying. Consider the California teen who hanged himself from a backyard tree in September or the Texas 13-year-old who grabbed a gun from his stepfather’s closet a few weeks later.

 

 

These high-profile and heartbreaking incidents have happened so frequently in recent months, especially among gay and lesbian students, that there’s a new word for the phenomenon: bullicide. And it’s left educators and parents alike wondering—just what in the world are we doing wrong? How is it some of our children can be so mean? And others so despairing? Aren’t these anti-bullying programs, popular in so many schools, working at all?

It’s possible that what we think we know about bullying isn’t all we need to know — it’s also possible that some of the most commonly held assumptions are misguided or that far too many adults still don’t believe bullying is a serious problem.
 

The NEA article suggests that many bullying programs apply a one-size-fits-all approach to problems on campus. They train teachers and support professionals to be watchful and consistent (often at a high price). But while it’s critically important for every adult on campus to recognize and stop bullying, most of these “top-down” programs look promising, but don’t go far enough.  The article insists that educators really have to do this work with students.

 

It likely starts with a needs assessment, going into a school and understanding what are the major issues. Is it harassment of gay kids? Is it kids with disabilities? Who are the harassers? You have to engage kids in creative ways to work through those issues: responsive classroom work, the work where you have kids sitting in circles and processing this information.

 

A whole-school culture shift needs to happen. And that takes the commitment and active involvement of teachers, counselors, support professionals, administrators, parents, and students. It is the kind of work that the NEA Bullying and Sexual Harassment Prevention and Intervention Program has provided (for free) to schools across the country for more than a decade. Its cadre of trainers and curriculum guides helps define both bullying and its impact, provides important data and legal information, and also specifically works to activate the “bystander” — an oft-untapped resource in bullying prevention.

 

LINKS:

NEA Today Article: Bullying! Does It Get Better?
Common Myths About Bullying
Bullying and School Safety Resources
Ala Dept of Education: Stop Bullying in Alabama

NEA Report on Status of LGBT People in Education
NEA Training Program: Safety, Bias and LGBT Issues
Tips for Dealing with LGBT Harassment in Schools

SPLC: LGBT Related Legal Rights for Students

Anti Defamation League

 


BULLY
It's Time to Take a Stand
 

March 2012

 

This year, over 5 million American kids will be bullied at school, online, on the bus, at home, through their cell phones and on the streets of their towns, making it the most common form of violence young people in this country experience. The Bully Project is the first feature documentary film to show how we've all been affected by bullying, whether we've been victims, perpetrators or stood silent witness. The world we inhabit as adults begins on the playground.

 

The Bully Project opened on the first day of school. For the more than 5 million kids who'll be bullied this year in the United States, it's a day filled with more anxiety and foreboding than excitement. As the sun rises and school busses across the country overflow with backpacks, brass instruments and the rambunctious sounds of raging hormones, this is a ride into the unknown. For a lot of kids, the only thing that's certain is that this year.
 



LINKS:

 

Trailer for Film: Bully
Time Mag: A Punishing Movie Your Kids Must See
The Bully Project

 


BULLIED
A Student, A School and a Case That Made History
 

 

The Southern Poverty Law Center documentary film "Bullied" has been shown in various locations throughout the state, including UAB and AUM. The film is a classroom documentary designed to combat anti-gay bullying.

 

The film highlights the destructive power and the tragic consequences of anti-gay bullying. SPLC President Richard Cohen and co-founder Morris Dees emphasize the need for schools to adopt strong anti-bullying policies that specifically protect gay and lesbian students.

 

“We’ve seen a number of teens take their own lives after enduring anti-gay harassment,” Cohen said. “Each tragedy is a sobering reminder of our responsibility to take a stand against anti-gay bullying in our schools. Bullied is a way for students and educators to confront this issue head on.”

 

Bullied chronicles the powerful story of Jamie Nabozny, a student who stood up to his anti-gay tormentors and won a landmark federal court decision that school officials could be held accountable for not stopping the harassment and abuse of gay students.

 

LINKS:

 

SPLC's New Film to Combat Anti-Gay Bullying
Order Your Free Copy of the SPLC Film "Bullied"
SPLC Teaching Tolerance
SPLC Fighting Hate

SPLC: LGBT Related Legal Rights for Students

 


SUPPORTING BULLYING PREVENTION

October is National Bullying Prevention Month
October 20 is Spirit Day

 

October 2010

 

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  October is also National Domestic Violence Prevention Month.  And October 20 is Spirit Day, organized to raise awareness of bullying against LGBT youth.

 

Millions of Americans joined the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) on October 20 in wearing purple in recognition of 'Spirit Day' and to show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. Spirit Day now counts millions of Americans committed to wearing the color purple on October 20, 2010, to remember youth lost to anti-LGBT bullying.

 

LINKS:

 

Million Wearing Purple on Spirit Day

CBS News: Wear Purple on Spirit Day to Raise Awareness of Anti-Gay Bullying
Why Wearing Purple on Oct 20 Will Help End Hate Crimes
The Trevor Project

 

   


IT GETS BETTER

Suicide Prevention Project

 

Renowned columnist Dan Savage launched the It Gets Better suicide prevention project for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, two-spirited, queer, and intersex youth bullied in high school and intolerant communities.

 

It’s hard to feel isolated in a cliquish social setting with bigots and bullies, but once you leave you can find acceptance in new communities, meet friends and lovers, and live a great life.

 

Dan and his partner Terry started the video series with their own stories of being bullied (“things got better the day I left high school”), and invite others to upload their own to YouTube. The It Gets Better Project now has dozens of inspiring videos about how people left behind the bigots, and are glad they didn’t give in to suicidal despair.

 

LINKS:

 

It Gets Better Project
President Barack Obama: It Gets Better
Broadway Sings for the Trevor Project: It Gets Better
It Gets Better YouTube Channel

Dan & Terry: It Gets Better
Teen Talks About Being Bullied
AFL CIO President Trumka: It Gets Better
Adam Lambert: It Gets Better
Suze Orman: It Gets Better
Neil Patrick Harris: It Gets Better
Rob Thomas : It Gets Better
Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns: It Gets Better
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: It Gets Better
Secretary of State Hilary Clinton: It Gets Better
Gloria Estefan: It Gets Better
It Gets Better Project: Comments From Gap Stores Staff
It Gets Better Project: Comments From MTV Logo Staff
It Gets Better Project: Comments From Jewel

Advocate: Dan Savage Aims to Save LGBT Kids
CBS News Report: It Gets Better Project
Psych Central: It Gets Better Project
Sean Chapin Sings: It Gets Better

 


END THE HATE

Wearing Purple to Support Gay Teens on Oct 20

 

October 2010

 

When Tammy Aaberg wears her purple T-shirt that says "End the Hate" on Wednesday, October 20, she'll be thinking of her son Justin. He killed himself after he was bullied at school for being gay.

 

 

"We are losing too many kids. This has been kept silent for too long," says Aaberg, 36, of Fridley, Minn., a Twin Cities suburb.

 

She is joining hundreds of thousands of young people across the USA who will be wearing purple Wednesday, October 20 to call attention to the deaths of six youths who committed suicide after they were bullied or harassed because they were gay or were thought to be gay.

 

A Facebook page in honor of the victims shows 1.4 million people say they will take part. One of those being remembered is Justin Aaberg, who was 15 when he hung himself in his room July 9, 2010. His last Facebook post said, "If you really knew me, no one would like me," his mother says.

 

Her son never told her of the emotional pain he was in, but gay people hear so many epithets and cruel remarks that they start to believe them, Aaberg says. She says the observance can go a long way to helping young gays and lesbians realize they are not alone if they see a teacher or other students wearing purple in support.

"It will make them feel better about themselves," she says.

 

Gay, lesbian and bisexual youth are four times as likely to attempt suicide as straight young people, says Laura McGinnis, a spokeswoman for the Trevor Project, a national organization focused on suicide prevention for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.

 

She says it's unclear whether there has been an increase in suicides by gay and lesbian young people but the issue has gotten more attention. More suicides are being recognized by family, teachers and friends as being the result of bullying or harassment because of sexual orientation, she says.

 

Eliza Byard, executive director of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network, which works to end bullying of gay and lesbian students, says nine out of 10 LGBT young people experience physical or verbal harassment.

 

Joey Twomey and Jason Galisatus, 17-year-old friends from San Mateo, Calif., say they've experienced name-calling because they are gay. Both plan to wear purple on Wednesday. Twomey says that when he goes to class at his all-boys high school, where he's the only openly gay student, he'll be looking around to see who else is wearing purple. It will be a sign of who supports him, he says.  "I'd like to see some teachers come to school in purple," he says.

 

Galisatus, president of the Aragon High School Gay Straight Alliance, says he can identify with the isolation and pain the suicide victims felt. Seeing a classroom full of purple would help gay students see they have allies, he says.  "It says, 'I am here for you.' "

 

(From Marisol Bello, USA Today)

 

LINKS:

 

Ladies of The View Show Support for Gay Teens on Spirit Day
It Gets Better: Theme Song for The Trevor Project
USA Today Video About "It Gets Better" Campaign
USA Today Article About TV Movie About Lesbian Teen and Her High School Prom

 


STATEWIDE VIGIL HELD FOR SAFE SCHOOLS

Remembering Tyler Clementi

 

October 2010

 

Candlelight vigils were held in Huntsville, Birmingham and Montgomery on October 9-10, 2010, in memory of those we have lost to suicide because of their perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

 

 

Their stories are tragic and remind us that more should be done.  Alabama has overlooked those most at risk of abuse. Our state deserves fully-inclusive protections against bullying. Together we can makes schools safe for everyone.

The event was sponsored by Equality Alabama, Alabama Safe Schools Coalition, Greater Birmingham Ministries, Southern Poverty Law Center, Stonewall Democrats, PFLAG Birmingham, and ACLU of Alabama.

 

Across Alabama communities responded to the tragic loss of Tyler Clementi. We were saddened by how many children and teens in our community face harassment and bullying every single day for simply being who they are.

 


GAY STUDENT SUICIDE AT RUTGERS

Tragic Death of Tyler Clementi

 

September 2010

 

Tyler Clementi committed suicide Sept. 22, apparently after discovering that his Rutgers University roommate, Dharun Ravi, and friend Molly Wei, live-streamed Clementi in a sexual encounter with another male student without his knowledge, a lawyer for the Clementi family announced.

 

 

Clementi's family attorney, Paul Mainardi, said that after learning of the violation of his privacy Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge, which connects New Jersey with upper Manhattan. Clementi's car, cell phone and computer were found near the bridge and his wallet was found on a walkway on the bridge.

 

There was reportedly no note at the scene, but ABC News reported that Clementi left a final goodbye on his Facebook page that read "jumping off the gw bridge, sorry."

 

Investigators have not confirmed the suicide because no body has been found, but sources within the investigation told the Star-Ledger that witnesses say they saw him jump.

 

Ravi and Wei were charged with illegally taping Clementi having sex and posting the images on the Internet, after they turned themselves in to the campus police.

 

According to investigators, the first incident happened Sept. 19 when Ravi set up a web cam in the room to capture Clementi and his partner after Clementi asked to have the room alone for a few hours.

 

"Roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into molly's room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay," Ravi said on his Twitter page in a Sept. 19 entry posted at 6:17 p.m., according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

 

Ravi allegedly broadcast that encounter but investigators would not say what video site it was posted to.  A few days later Ravi allegedly tweeted to his 150 followers telling them to "chat" him on iChat, an instant messaging sight with live video feed, the Star-Ledger reported.

 

"Anyone with iChat, I dare you to video chat me between the hours of 9:30 and 12. Yes it's happening again," Ravi wrote Sept. 21.  The next day Clementi's belongings were found on the bridge. 

 

Steven Goldstein, chairman of the gay rights group Garden State Equality, said in a statement Wednesday that his group considers Clementi's death a hate crime.

 

"We are sickened that anyone in our society, such as the students allegedly responsible for making the surreptitious video, might consider destroying others' lives as a sport," Goldstein said.

 

The accused were classmates at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North in Plainsboro, N.J.   If convicted of the third degree offense of transmitting or distributing the images they could face up to five years in prison each under state law. A fourth degree conviction for collecting the images could mean up to 18 months in jail, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.  County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan had no immediate comment about additional charges in the wake of Clementi's death.

 

LINKS:

CBS News: Tyler Clementi Suicide
NPR News: Student's Suicide is Deadly Reminder of Intolerance
NY Times: Private Moment Made Public, Then a Fatal Jump
Huffington Post: Rutgers Student Commits Suicide

 


REACTION TO TYLER CLEMENTI'S SUICIDE

Open Letter From Southern Poverty Law Center

 

October 6, 2010

As you probably saw in the news recently, Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi jumped off a bridge after his roommate surreptitiously broadcast online an intimate encounter between Tyler and another man.

 

Tragically, Tyler's death was just one of a number of suicides committed in recent weeks by teens who were harassed by their classmates because they were gay or perceived to be gay.

 

In Texas, for example, 13-year-old Asher Brown shot himself after enduring relentless taunting at his middle school. In California, 13-year-old Seth Walsh hanged himself when he couldn't take the bullying any longer ― as did Billy Lucas, 15, in Indiana.

 

This is just the toll from September ― and only the suicides that made headlines.

Thankfully, the crisis of anti-gay bullying is now getting national attention.

 

But putting a stop to it is another matter. Through our renowned Teaching Tolerance project, we've launched a major campaign to combat anti-gay bullying in our schools.

 

Just last night in Washington, D.C., we premiered an important new documentary film ― Bullied: A School, a Student and a Case that Made History ― that will be shown this fall in thousands of schools and communities across America. This powerful film chronicles the story of a Wisconsin student who stood up to his tormentors and won a landmark federal court decision holding that school officials could be held accountable for not stopping the harassment and abuse of gay students.

 

Our film, along with its viewer's guide, is designed for both classroom use and teacher professional development. We're making it available ― free of charge ― to every school in America.

 

Unfortunately, organizations like Focus on the Family are pushing schools to ignore this crisis. They say that schools should remain "neutral" and not mention gay and lesbian students in their bullying policies.

 

But history teaches us that this is the wrong approach. As Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel said, "Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim."

 

We know nothing will change, and thousands of children will continue to suffer violence and humiliation, until schools confront the problem head on. We need every school in America to adopt a strong anti-bullying policy that specifically protects gay students. No child should ever feel unsafe at school.

 

(From Richard Cohen, Southern Poverty Law Center)

 

LINKS:

 

SPLC's New Film to Combat Anti-Gay Bullying
Order Your Free Copy of the SPLC Film "Bullied"
SPLC Teaching Tolerance
SPLC Fighting Hate

 


REMEMBERING ASHER BROWN

Teen Student Kills Self After Years Of Gay Taunts

September 2010

David and Amy Truong are looking for justice after their 13-year old son, Asher Brown, committed suicide in September 2010 after being relentlessly bullied at his Houston-area school.

 

In addition to taking on his religion and fashion sense, Brown's peers took to - you guessed it - calling him "gay." Things became so bad that Asher shot himself to death.

 

 

The Truongs say they called the school to tell officials about the bullying. The school, for its part, insists no such calls every happened, but the distraught parents aren't giving up.

 

"I did not hallucinate phone calls to counselors and assistant principals. We have no reason to make this up. It's like they're calling us liars," said Mrs. Truong, while her husband insisted, "We want justice. The people here need to be held responsible and to be stopped. It did happen. There are witnesses everywhere."

 

Now, Asher's parents hope to use his death as a lesson: "Our son is just the extreme case of what happens when (someone is) just relentless," insisted Mrs. Truong, before turning her attention to the bullies, "I hope you're happy with what you've done. I hope you got what you wanted and you're just real satisfied with yourself."

 

And I hope the accused are apprehended and, yes, brought to justice: the tide of bullying needs to stop, period, and perpetrators need to know that their words can indeed break bones, and lives.

 

On a related note, the National Education Association will hold a talk called "Addressing the School Environment and LGBT Safety through Policy and Legislation." Hopefully they'll come to some definitive conclusion on how to stem bullying, and perhaps Dan Savage can help, because this rubbish needs to stop - period.

(From Andrew Belondsky, Toleroad)

 


GIRL BEATEN UP BY CLASSMATES

For Having a Boy's Name

 

November 2010

 

What's in a name? A 12-year-old girl at Hernando Middle School in Mississippi was beaten by five fellow students -- reportedly because they said her name, Randi, was "a boy name."

 

"They started talking about me like I was a man," she told local news station WREG. "That I shouldn't be in this world. And my name was a boy name." The four girls and a boy surrounded her after a Fellowship of Christian Students meeting, and, she said, kicked her in the rib and leg, hit her in the face, sat on her, pushed her face into the floor, and threw her onto a cafeteria table.

 

Apparently, the incident was caught on surveillance camera, but in order to maintain student privacy, the film has not been released. A school administrator issued a statement, said WREG, that "fighting is not tolerated and that disciplinary action will be taken to the fullest extent of the law." No charges were filed, however, because the police were not called. Whether the attack was an isolated incident or part of ongoing bullying remains unknown.

 

The student in question was not said to be LGBT -- but whether she is or not doesn't matter. She was beaten because she was perceived to be in some way not conforming to her gender. That is yet another reason schools need to include discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression in diversity and anti-bullying programs. It is not just LGBT students at risk, but potentially others as well. Students, teachers, and staff must learn that even characteristics some people might view as "deviant" or "sinful" are still no excuse for violence and bullying.

 

LINK:

Girl Beaten for Having Boy's Name


 


ANTI-GAY BULLYING

Remembering Carl J. Walker-Hoover

 

April 2009

 

On April 6, 2009, an 11-year old Massachusetts boy, Carl Walker-Hoover, took his life after enduring constant bullying, including anti-LGBT bullying. Though Carl did not identify as gay, his story is a tragic reminder that anti-LGBT bullying and harassment affects all students.

 

 

Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, a junior at New Leadership Charter School in Springfield, hanged himself after enduring bullying at school, including daily taunts of being gay, despite his mother's weekly pleas to the school to address the problem. 

 


BULLYING FACTS & STATISTICS

Struggles in the Schools

 

23 per cent of elementary students reported being bullied one to three times in the last month bullying statistics say. Recent bullying statistics admit that half of all bullying incidents go unreported. 100,000 students carry a gun to school bullying statistics say.

In a recent study, 77% of the students said they had been bullied. And 14% of those who were bullied said they experienced severe (bad) reactions to the abuse.

 

Thirty-two percent of parents fear for their child’s physical safety when the child is at school. Thirty-nine percent of parents with a child in grade six or higher are more likely to say they fear for their child’s safety. Twenty-two percent of parents whose children are in grade five or lower fear for their child’s safety. (Parents Not Overly Concerned About School Environments for Their Children, Gallup News Service, 2001)

 

A poll of teens ages 12-17 proved that they think violence increased at their schools. 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month. Those in the lower grades reported being in twice as many fights as those in the higher grades. However, there is a lower rate of serious violent crimes in the elementary level than in the middle or high schools.

 

According to the bullying statistics, thirty-two percent of parents fear for their child’s physical safety when the child is at school. Thirty-nine percent of parents with a child in grade six or higher are more likely to say they fear for their child’s safety. Twenty-two percent of parents whose children are in grade five or lower fear for their child’s safety.

90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying. 39% of middle schoolers and 36% of high schoolers say they don’t feel safe at schools.

 

Among students, homicide perpetrators were more than twice as likely as homicide victims to have been bullied by peers. Bullying statistics say revenge is the strongest motivation for school shootings. 87% of students said shootings are motivated by a desire to “get back at those who have hurt them.” 86% of students said, “other kids picking on them, making fun of them or bullying them” causes teenagers to turn to lethal violence in the schools.

Bullying statistics shows that those who bully and are bullied appear to be at greatest risk of experiencing the following: loneliness; trouble making friends; lack of success in school; and involvement in problem behaviors such as smoking and drinking.

61% said students shoot others because they have been victims of physical abuse at home. 54% said witnessing physical abuse at home can lead to violence in school.

 

According to bullying statistics , one out of every 10 students who drops out of school does so because of repeated bullying. Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75 percent of school-shooting incidents.

 

LINKS:

 

Blogspot: Bullying Statistics
Free From Bullies
NICHD Bullying Statistics
Groundspark: Bullying
How to Stop Bullying
Parenting Bookmark: Facts About Bullying
Target Bully: Facts About Bullying

 


BULLYING AND LGBT

Prevalence of Anti-LGBT Bullying

 

In March 2009, parents sued a Mentor, Ohio high school for not protecting their child from physical abuse, name-calling and taunts over his perceived sexual orientation. The student, Eric Mohat, was told by one of the school bullies, "Why don't you go home and shoot yourself, no one will miss you." Mohat did.

 

In April, 2009, an 11-year-old Massachusetts student committed suicide because of what his mom described as rampant bullying over his perceived sexual orientation at school.

 

Surveys of middle and high school students show that a great deal of verbal and physical bullying in our schools is directed at students who are, or are perceived to be lesbian, gay or sexual minority youth.

The National School Climate Survey, conducted in 2005 by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education

 

Network (GLSEN), concluded that three-quarters of the high school students surveyed heard derogatory and homophobic remarks “frequently” or “often” at school, and 90 percent heard the term “gay” used generally to imply someone is stupid or something is worthless. Bullying around issues of sexual orientation, non-conforming gender behaviors and dress was the most common form of bullying, second only to issues of appearance (e.g., body size and disability).

 

In a poll conducted in 2005 by Harris Interactive and GLSEN, 60 percent of students (aged 13-18) had been verbally or physically harassed or assaulted during the past school year because of real or “perceived race/ethnicity, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, or religion” (p. 4). Over half of these incidences were thought to be based on sexual orientation alone.

 

Among students who identified themselves as LGBT, 90 percent had been bullied in the past year. Of these, 66 percent had been verbally abused, 16 percent physically harassed, and 8 percent had been assaulted.

 

LGBT students reported feeling unsafe at school three times more often than non-LGBT students.

 

In a national survey of teens (ages 12-17) commissioned by the National Mental Health Association (NMHA), 78 percent of teens reported that kids who are gay or who are thought to be gay are teased or bullied in their schools and communities; 93 percent hear other youth use derogatory words about sexual orientation at least once in a while, and 51 percent hear these words every day.

 

The 2007 Indicators of School Crime and Safety Report conducted jointly by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice, found that 11 percent of students (aged 12-18) reported hearing hate-related words, 38 percent saw hate-related graffiti, and 1 percent reported that the hate-related words related to a disability or sexual orientation.

 

LINKS:

Stop Bullying Now
Gay Rights: How You Can Stop LGBT Bullying
Safe Schools Coalition Resources
Mental Health America: Bullying and Gay Youth

It Gets Better: Theme Song for The Trevor Project

 

 

 

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