GAY This [email protected]#$ has to stop

dbzeag

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So a student at a nearby middle school killed himself (with his parent's easily accessible pistol) after being relentlessly bullied for years.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7220896.html

According to the school's own mission statement:

Campus Goals

Students' academic performance and achievement level will reflect excellence in learning and attainment of both high expectations and high standards.

Students' behavior will exemplify the skills, attitudes, and/or practices characteristic of productive, community-minded adults: citizenship, self-esteem, respect for others, accountability for actions, and healthful lifestyles.


Vision Statement

Hamilton Middle School will provide a nurturing yet challenging atmosphere that meets the varied developmental needs of middle school students. As a learning organization, Hamilton teachers and staff will strive to create a distinctive and quality learning environment based on rigor, relevance, and relationships at the highest level to promote growth and learning opportunities. Collaboration between all stakeholders will be required to foster a spirit of discovery, innovation, and real-world connections. Hamilton Middle School will provide multiple opportunities for students to acquire the necessary academic skills to prepare them for high school and beyond. In addition to imparting knowledge to our students, Hamilton will emphasize higher-level thinking skills and decision-making skills; we will instill in our students the qualities embodied by REAL: respect, excellence, accountability, and leadership. We seek to encourage intellectual curiosity and an awareness and appreciation for our diverse cultural backgrounds, and a spirit of community service. Our goal is to prepare Hamilton students to become productive citizens of the 21st Century.


Hamilton Mission

“We are Hamilton…Committed to Excellence.”


Hamilton Core Values

“We believe it starts with me!”

* Rigor
* Relevance
* Relationships
* REAL
o Respect
o Excellence
o Accountability
o Leadership
Um, I don't think they are practicing what they preach. I don't think this environment is conducive to "community-minded adults", or to "self-esteem", or to the "respect of others". I think those involved with disrupting this environment should be at least removed from the environment for causing such things and the school should be reprimanded for not following their own goals.

This is not the first time something like this has happened. This month.

This is a terribly pervasive problem. So much so blogger Dan Savage has started a campaign It Gets Better. A series of videos of gays and lesbians that show if kids can survive and make it through the tough times high school contains, their lives will markedly improve upon graduation.

While I find this a good step, it is more reactionary. Just like the parents of these children, they expected ridicule to their children, but they didn't expect their children to be hurt so emotionally that they would commit suicide.

A gay comedian (I can't find the link) stated that it is easier to find solace and understanding at least one place in the life of a child, at home, if you are different with race or gender or ethnicity; the rest of your family shares your "condition" or characteristic. But gay children, however, don't even have that safety net of understanding at home.

We should not tolerate any level of bullying or fighting or ridicule. Certainly not to the point of years of mental and physical abuse this child endured with complaints from parents falling on deaf ears. In some of these cases, even the parents do not want to fight for their children's safety and that is the ultimate sin.

Please contact your local school districts and ask what programs they have available for children with questions and issues regarding LGBT topics and what anti-bullying policies in general they have in place for the safety and well-being of their students.

Things like this don't just suddenly happen. And things like this can be corrected before they get out of control.
 
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Coqui

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No offense but:

Brown, his family said, was "bullied to death" — picked on for his small size, his religion and because he did not wear designer clothes and shoes. Kids also accused him of being gay, some of them performing mock gay acts on him in his physical education class, his mother and stepfather said.
Did you not go to high school? Even if you're straight, people would still do this to you. There's nothing about religion other than this one statement in the article so I don't know what that was about. However:

School district spokeswoman Kelli Durham said no students, school employees or the boy's parents ever reported that he was being bullied.
which the parents counter with:

That's absolutely inaccurate — it's completely false," Amy Truong said. "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
Which could easily be verified by phone logs.

There's no indication that the kid is actually gay either, other than a bunch of kids calling someone gay (which happens all the time)
 

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Who cares if he's gay? Kids commit suicide for their gender, their race, their hair colour, anything. It's no better or worse than any other instance of child suicide just because of his sexual orientation.

But I understand you're a bit biased so w/e.
 

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I think every one of us has been teased in school at some point or another. If the kid was that mentally unstable and the parents knew it, they should have gotten him some help. The school should have helped in recognizing this. I think pointing blame is a natural reaction but a useless endeavor.
 

dbzeag

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No offense but:



Did you not go to high school? Even if you're straight, people would still do this to you. There's nothing about religion other than this one statement in the article so I don't know what that was about. However:



which the parents counter with:



Which could easily be verified by phone logs.

There's no indication that the kid is actually gay either, other than a bunch of kids calling someone gay (which happens all the time)
The kid was gay, according to his parents. He came out to them a year before.

Also I was in high school and in middle school. I was not tripped down the stairs then books kicked around or involved in fights or kicked and punched for some reason, whether gay related or not.

This does not necessarily have to be about gay children, but they are a part of a growing issue in schools. It is one characteristic or trait that families cannot fully understand and so children need to have some avenue of help.
 

dbzeag

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Because only gay kids get bullied in school.
Who cares if he's gay? Kids commit suicide for their gender, their race, their hair colour, anything. It's no better or worse than any other instance of child suicide just because of his sexual orientation.

But I understand you're a bit biased so w/e.
I think every one of us has been teased in school at some point or another. If the kid was that mentally unstable and the parents knew it, they should have gotten him some help. The school should have helped in recognizing this. I think pointing blame is a natural reaction but a useless endeavor.
It isn't just gay kids, but they are a high risk group for mental stress and abuse and suicidal tendencies.

Gay teens have significantly higher rates of both attempts and thoughts of suicide. In his study on gay teen suicide, Patrick Healy concluded that gay teens are "five times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers"(2001). As reported in "Lesbian News", "these youth account for 35% of the American population and 15% of all suicide deaths"(Ocamb 2001). Of the 4,000 students who were surveyed in 1997, 40 percent out of the 10 percent of high school students who attempted suicide were gay.
Curbing bullying in general would stop this growing trend and make more kids' lives a lot easier.

And it is not just name calling, either, if you want to accept that level of bullying in schools.

In a survey done last year by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) on 496 gay adolescents "69 percent of gay students reported having been targets of verbal, physical or sexual harassment in school, and that 42 percent said they had been physically assaulted."
 

shamwow

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how exactly do you propose they give him special treatment? any special treatment would single him out and alienate him even more imo