9 responses

  1. Tina C
    December 16, 2010


    and all too common

    has anyone called the ACLU?

  2. Richard Rush
    December 16, 2010

    While Anoka-Hennepin seems to be an extreme case, I think teachers and administrators are usually a big part of the problem with respect to bullying. They are an integral part of the communities that are producing the little bullies, and I expect that anti-gay bigotry is endemic throughout those communities. The Anoka-Hennepin authorities seemed to be literally aiding and abetting these crimes, so it’s no surprise that they are denying everything.

  3. Pliny
    December 16, 2010

    Not going to change until people start going to jail for conspiracy after the fact…

  4. TampaZeke
    December 16, 2010

    Their message is quite clear.

    The only acceptable kind of fa**ot is a dead fa**ot.

  5. Piper
    December 16, 2010

    I’m getting ready to go back to school to get my teaching certificate to teach middle school. I’ve learned over the years that it can totally depend on who is around you whether or not you get in trouble for not remaining nuetral (worked in after school care for about 5 years now) I’ve been chewed out by a friend (well meaning, but dense sometimes) for stopping a kid from using gay slurs in the gym at one job, and at the same job, held a meaningful conversation about a students two mothers, and how her family was similar and different to other kids parents( She had awesome mothers!!!) If it is well known in the school that not towing the line will get you fired, then, while I’d probably quit as soon as possible, I know there are teachers who can’t move and are the sole breadwinners. It’s a horrible game to play, and the game tokens are kids lives. I’m nervous about when I run against this kind of policy in a school I teach. (I’ll probably work in TX for awhile)

  6. MIhangel apYrs
    December 17, 2010

    … and they will squeal like piggies when a gay student takes daddy’s gun to school and turns it on his tormentors and abettors rather than immediately on himself.

    And they will accept no responsibility.

    A sad scenario, but a possible one

  7. Tara
    December 17, 2010

    Yes – High School and Middle School are horribly difficult times in a person’s life. GLBT kids are especially at risk. Even kids who support GLBT kids are at risk. However, I see this as a larger problem of the climate that has been created by the religious fanatics in our area. I would argue that now wearing a “cross” or identifying with a religious group is now a christian/god gangster movement. Are entire legions of people now dedicated to the public hatred and bullying of short people? obese? tall? brown skinned? No. Do churches weekly preach the sinfulness of being of german descent, disabled, or from a single parent family? No. Kids and Adults know that this is coming from the christian zealots who are in the news and condemn them daily and offer to “minister” to GLBT to change them. This is wrong. Last night my daughter told me that now the swim team has “ANOKA TORNADOs” arranged in a cross on team shirts. One more reminder of the hate filled group that torments them daily. The Christian Gangsters. Flashing their signs to show who is boss.

  8. Tom
    December 17, 2010

    This especially disturbs me because the bullying and harassment I got as a kid came from two different male teachers in the 60′s. (I grew up in the same area where AFTAH and IFI operate today.)
    It just makes me sick to think what these kids must go through in this day and age, especially when it’s perpetrated by adults who refuse to acknowledge it’s even going on.

    @Tara – Ugh, crosses on the uniforms? I agree with the christian gangster thing – that is what it is becoming. christian soldiers, army of god mentality – it’s teaching kids antisocial behavior, raising up little Sociopaths for the Lord to be like Bradley Dean.

  9. Paul J. Stein
    December 18, 2010

    Sue ALL the board members and take their wealth. They conspired to deny basic care to students entrusted to their care. Take pensions and all property. End of their story. Make an example of them and their actions.

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