Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition Tackles BullyingBy Lawayne Childrey | Published 06 Nov 2010 03:34pm |
In a recent National Survey 8 out of 10 students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans-gendered reported being harassment on a regular basis. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports how those bullying statistics are netting deadly results.
Documentary film maker Katherine Linton has covered gay and lesbian issues since 1993. During a recent showing of the Southern Poverty Law Center's latest film on anti gay bullying Linton says ironically the 90's were a much more positive decade for the gay rights movement.
"They know statistically it's actually gotten worse. And I think part of that is the Internet and texting and facebook and that there's much more insidious levels of bullying that's driving these kids to very very drastic ways to which they take their lives. You know, a young 13 year old hanging himself is something that was unheard of I would say a decade ago."
Studies show that students who describe themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered are five times more likely to miss school because of feeling unsafe and 28% are forced to drop out.
Jamie Carter a senior at Millsap’s College and the organizer for the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition Conference says the key to changing those statistics is to form a universal policy on bullying.
"All that's required is that school districts pass some policy of bullying but there's really no guidance as to how stringent or what the policy's should say or how it should go about. We need to see really true suggestions, we need to see true action and we need to see true policies that result in kids feeling safer at their schools."
According to surveys nearly 65% of all LBGT students say they feel unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation. Lawayne Childrey MPB News.
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