Despite an anti-harassment law that took effect four years ago this month, harassment and bullying based on sexual orientation remain persistent and pervasive in California schools. 7.5% of California’s middle and high school students, more than 200,000 students every year, are targets of harassment based on actual or perceived sexual orientation, according to a study released by the California Safe Schools Coalition. The Safe Place to Learn study found that widespread bullying has dangerous academic, health and safety consequences for students. “Every student deserves to learn in an environment that helps them reach their full potential,” said Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, or GLSEN, Executive Director Kevin Jennings, a member organization of the California Safe Schools Coalition. “We are proud to be a part of the coalition that produced this groundbreaking study proving that schools can take specific steps to reduce harassment and increase safety for all students.”
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June 13, 2005
Gays urge youth to commit acts of violence
In an ongoing controversy brewing in Memphis, homosexual teens and progay supporters are encouraging a young man to commit acts of violence as a way to get released from a voluntary sexual reorientation residential program. Refuge, a youth program, run by Love In Action Ministries has come under public pressure, --mostly from homosexual activists-- who object to a Tennesee couple who decided to put their 16 year son into the program. It has not been confirmed that the boy is acutally in the program. Yet, homosexual teenagers are encouraging the boy through his blog to commit acts of violence against staff members or other residents. This is after the boy published a copy of house rules for the program on his site. One of the rules state that any acts of "fighting or violence" would result in expulsion from the program. Just to show you the level of viciousness and hate spewing out of these loving gay and gay frindly people take a look at just a sampling of the many calls for the boy (Zach) to kill or commit violence against both Love In Action staff members and even his own parents (profanity has been disguised).
No physical violence or physically threatening dialogue. Violation of this rule warrants immediate dismissal from the program.
"I know you can't be the only one there that doesn't want to be held captive. Find a like-minded person (probably EVERYONE there) and stage a fight. Hell, really hit each other a few times, this is worth a bruise or two."
"Myself, in a situation like that, my mind turns to vengance. Subtle vengance. Covert operations to turn their program inside out, and sabotage them. I know, myself, the only way I could survive that situation is to subvert the rules to my own needs. That's me. It takes careful planning, certainly, but if nothing else, it's a useful diversion from what they put you through." Posted by Remy on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 at 1:14 PM
"I'm not gay and I live in ohio, but I figured I'd forward this to you anyway. Your parents are real f***wads who deserve to be stabbed in the face with a soldering iron." Posted by John
"I hope you kill the b**** and yourself you crazy whore." Posted by brittnee
"I suggest you break every one of their stupid "rules". what are they going to do to you? beat you? I think not - and if they do, you immediately phone the cops! the best they can do is try to guilt trip you and make you feel bad - which is NOT going to work because YOU are not the one who is wrong here."
"Yep, if I were Zach, I'd put on my best lipstick and perfume, wear the tightest, most revealing shorts or speedo he could find, and kiss every guy he sees."
Ian [a self described middle aged, married, observant Jewish, heterosexual professional counselor, who lives in Canada]
"fire bomb them all in their sleep." Posted by Pands
all quotes lifted from Zach's Blog.
If you remember, it was just a scant few months ago that the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network held its annual "Waaaaaahhhh!, stop calling me names!" aka No Name Calling Week. Under the guise of creating "safe places for gay students" it appears that GLSEN is about as ignorant as they come. Perhaps they have not read the above vicious comments --laced with profanity-- coming out the mouths of these so-called victimized gay students.
From a GLSEN press release dated 01/12/04:
Posted by DL Foster at 4:24 PM