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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesday Musing #8: harassment policies

For your consideration: what is your district's policy on sexual harassment of GLBT students? How well is that policy enforced, if at all?

Our school district studiously avoids mentioning that we may have GLBT students in any sort of written policy, and has declined to include GLBT as a protected category of student, allegedly on the advice of attorneys, whatever that means.

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5 Comments:

At 10/26/10, 7:21 PM, Blogger Lightly Seasoned said...

Pretty strongly enforced, actually. We've had active campaigns against using the word "gay" as an insult, have an allies student group, etc. I think we had some sort of rainbow day last week.

 
At 10/27/10, 10:50 PM, Blogger Polski3 said...

We don't really mention such things specifically at my school....but then we are a JHS and have a school uniform policy. However, youse being a HS., and if there is any problem with GLBT's, could that lead to Federal involvement?

 
At 10/28/10, 10:21 AM, Anonymous Exurban Mom said...

http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201010.html

The US Dept. of Ed recently reminded everyone that they need to crack down on bullying...

 
At 10/28/10, 6:42 PM, Anonymous Mrs. H. said...

More should be done about this but it's not. Bullying is such a hot topic, but many school districts fail to notice that these are the types of students who are often the victims of bullying.
My previous school did nothing about it, besides a little slap on the wrist, maybe one day of in school detention. Whoop de do...

 
At 10/29/10, 4:12 PM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

You know suddenly this is a MUCH bigger deal than it was, Exurban mom. I am being sarcastic, of course.

 

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