As anyone aware of bullying knows, frequent targets of bullies are children with special needs and those who identify as LGBT or LGBTQ. One need only read three recent, horrific news stories to understand that being homosexual can mean being tortured by your peers on a daily basis. Sweet, gentle boys have chosen to take their own lives rather than to live in what seems to them like a neverending hell. Dan Savage and Ellen Degeneres have both taken this topic on, hoping to spread to word to harassed children that it won’t always be that way.
Enter the Minnesota Family Council. In celebration of October as anti-bullying month, they’ve come out and blamed the dead victims of bullying for their deaths, saying that the children are dead because they adopted an “unhealthy lifestyle.” The Council takes issue with efforts to educate students via anti-bullying curriculum, accusing the district of “homosexual indoctrination.” Students and families in the Anoka-Hennepin School District are mourning the loss of four LBGT students in the last year to suicide. Read more…
Obviously, for bullying to end, adult bullies and those who countenance them must also be educated. I’d suggest building a target list of groups that openly call to block anti-bullying education. First on that list? The Minnesota Family Council and the Parents Action League, two groups who would rather see children die than see them be safe and treated kindly. You can email the Minnesota Family Council at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can contact the Parents Action League here. The list starts here.
UPDATE: The Anoka-Hennepin School District has clarified its policy on bullying:
The board of the Anoka-Hennepin School District changed the anti-bullying and harassment policies to clearly list the protected classes, including race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, age, poverty and sexual orientation. The measure passed unanimously.