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Michele Bachmann remains silent on teen suicides in her congressional district

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

GOP presidential hopeful and Tea Party favorite, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has been noticeably silent on the spate of teen suicides in Anoka-Hennepin school district — Minnesota’s largest school district, which is located in the heart of Bachmann’s district.

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Over the past two years, a total of nine teenagers have committed suicide in a Minnesota school district represented by Rep. Michele Bachmann — the latest in May — and many more students have attempted to take their lives.

State public health officials have labeled the area a “suicide contagion area” because of the unusually high death rate.

Some of the victims were gay, or perceived to be by their classmates, and many were reportedly bullied. And the anti-gay activists who are some of the congresswoman’s closest allies stand accused of blocking an effective response to the crisis and fostering a climate of intolerance that allowed bullying to flourish. Bachmann, meanwhile, has been uncharacteristically silent on the tragic deaths that have roiled her district—including the high school that she attended.

Historically, Bachmann has not supported anti-bullying legislation. Slate reported that in 2006, Bachmann told the Minnesota state legislature that passing an anti-bullying bill would be a waste of time.

“I think for all of us, our experience in public schools is there have always been bullies,” Bachmann said. “Always have been, always will be. I just don’t know how we’re ever going to get to the point of zero tolerance… What does it mean?… Will we be expecting boys to be girls?”

Critics argue that Bachmann’s impassiveness for bullying issues and her opposition to gay rights alongside Anoka-Hennepin’s controversial “neutrality” policy — which requires that teachers and staff remain neutral on matters regarding sexual orientation “in the course of their professional duties” — creates a threatening environment for LGBT and at-risk youth in the district.

CNN reported last Thursday that investigators from the U.S. Justice Department and representatives from the U. S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights are looking into “allegations of harassment and discrimination in the Anoka-Hennepin School District based on sex, including peer-on-peer harassment based on not conforming to gender stereotypes.”

Anoka-Hennepin Superintendent Dennis Carlson told CNN that the district does not plan to revise its policy on sexual orientation curriculum.

The district, meanwhile, is being sued in federal court by five gay and lesbian students over its “neutrality” policy.

The Congresswoman’s husband, Marcus Bachmann, has also come under fire recently for his christian based “pray away the gay” clinics, which critics say are little more than discredited ‘reparative therapy clinics’ that both Bachmanns continue to publicly deny.

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31 more reader comments:

  1. What’s a few dead faggots to her?

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 8:00pm
  2. With all due respect, Mrs. Bachmann. Fuck. You.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 8:01pm
  3. @David: “faggots”? Really man?

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 8:01pm
  4. LOL, her husband looks like a flaming queen with his hand waving!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 8:03pm
  5. This is a prime example of how deep her prejudice is. To ignore the fact that children are dying is absolutely despicable! And I challenge anyone to say that Mr. Marcus is not trying to pray away the gay in himself!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 8:04pm
  6. We aren’t cigarettes!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 8:04pm
  7. The Bachmanns are one twisted couple. They need to be put into a rubber room……….

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 8:06pm
  8. I guess she thinks every bad thing that happens is caused by “barbarians.”

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 8:09pm
  9. Won’t it be great in December of 2012 where, one way or another, we won’t have to hear about Mrs. Bachmann anymore?

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 8:09pm
  10. I’m tired of all these negative LGTBQ Nation blog posts. Can’t we get something positive once in a while, the negatives GREATLY outweight the positives.

    Editor’s Note: 23 of the 55 articles posted in the last week were “positive” in nature, meaning they were reporting on advancements within the LGBT community, including NY marriage equality, DADT repeal, a federal judicial appointment and a confirmation, gender identity protections added in one of the nations largest school districts, and hearings on the Respect for Marriage Act. In all, 42% of our stories have been “good news!”

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 8:10pm
  11. …she’s gonna’ have to start ‘splainin’ soon!…

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 8:16pm
  12. I agree Edwin. I would like to see some positive posts as well.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 8:16pm
  13. The one issue she’s silent on. The barbarians aren’t the monsters here; The Bachmanns (The proper plural?[Bachmenn?]) seem like the embodiment of all that is wrong in America today. Voice of the people my ass.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 8:22pm
  14. @Jacob. That’s probably how she thinks of gays.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 8:31pm
  15. You can’t pray the gay away & you can’t pray stupidity away either. Mr. & Mrs . Bachmann are proof of the latter.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 8:32pm
  16. Of course she’s remained silent. Her handlers have worked very hard to make sure she doesn’t gloat.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 8:34pm
  17. So how’s that prayin the ” gay away” workin out for ya?…cause i’m still here an i’m still gay! they need to move on from this topic but 1st they need to step up an explain everything about those suicides!!! What kills me is that they can sleep at night..that right there shows…that even the bible can’t help them!! To me “christians” who seperate the bible from reality are the 1′s that need “therapy”!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 8:38pm
  18. She should be ashamed of herself, if she is even feeling any remorse.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 8:42pm
  19. Which I doubt.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 8:42pm
  20. She probably caused them..

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 8:54pm
  21. You watch as they committed suicide right before our eyes, and you didn’t even bat an eye…I think she (and some other people) need to take a step into the fallens shoes and see life from their point of view..

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 9:01pm
  22. because she, her church and her party are about spreading hate, bigotry and intolerance.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 9:09pm
  23. @Edwin Antonio Aquino – 23 of the 55 articles posted in the last week were “positive” in nature, meaning they were reporting on advancements within the LGBT community, including NY marriage equality, DADT repeal, a federal judicial appointment and a confirmation, gender identity protections added in one of the nations largest school districts, and hearings on the Respect for Marriage Act. In all, 42% of our stories have been “good news!”

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 9:16pm
  24. For those of you that took your lives R.I.P.
    Nobody should have to go through that..

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 9:22pm
  25. Ok say something now dumb ass I wanna be a tea party hero but really Imma tea bagger, mad that ur husband most likely smells like lil boyz booty holes. Wishing u was a gay man so u can please ur husband better, never will be president ol second hand, hand me down, talk to much but ain’t say’n nothing, fake ass tea n ur cup, but really itz obamaz nutt bitchhhhhh Say something what abt the kidz

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 9:29pm
  26. Michele Bachmann remains retarded

    Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 9:50pm
  27. The article states that the district is being sued “by five gay and lesbian students” however, one of those students is not gay. He identifies as straight but is perceived to be gay because he has two fathers and participates in gymnastics! This harassment is happening not only to LGBT kids but also heterosexual kids that appear to be gay. This school district and the Bachman’s are dispicable in their handling of the horrendous abuse these kids are facing – often daily and even in one students case – almost hourly. My thoughts and best hopes are with those students.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 1:27pm
  28. I’d love to shove my Birkenstocked foot right up Bachmann’s ass and pull Palin’s cowboy boot over her fugally face. Who do those women think they are? Christian cretins, hillbilly, cowtown skanks who mastered the ability to count bast three late in life.

    Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 10:47pm
  29. Her silence speaks volumes. I’ll bet she’s glad these teens killed themselves. I’ll also bet that she’d have loved nothing more than to have done the job herself. Bachmann, you are a bitch and I hope you end up in hell where you belong, unlike these teens. They’re in Heaven with God.

    Posted on Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 5:33pm
  30. What a fucking Bitch!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 12:39pm
  31. Sorry for the language, but I cannot believe that someone like this actually exists and can be so cold and evil and stand there, smile, and pontificate that she is going to help this country…c***!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 12:44pm