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Survey: Most Colorado schools not in compliance with school bullying law

Friday, June 22, 2012
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DENVER -- Most of Colorado’s school districts have yet to update their bullying policies to come into compliance with a 2011 state law protecting LGBT youth, a survey by the state’s largest LGBT advocacy organization shows. [...]

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New York lawmakers pass bill to crack down on cyber-bullying

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York state legislature this week approved a bill that would require the state's public schools to develop procedures to address complaints of email, texting and online harassment -- also referred to as cyber-bullying. [...]

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Florida school district settles anti-gay bullying complaint by former student

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
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PALM COAST, Fla. -- A Florida school district has settled a complaint filed against it with the U.S. Office of Civil Rights which alleged that the staff at Flagler Palm Coast High School allowed a gay former student to be bullied. [...]

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New York teen left blinded in one eye following brutal, anti-gay assault

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
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NEW YORK -- A Brooklyn teenager was was left blind in one eye after being assaulted by bullies who shouted anti-gay epithets during an attack earlier this month at his middle school, according to the teen's family [...]

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Ravi released from custody after serving 20 days in Rutgers’ spying case

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
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Former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi was released from prison Tuesday after serving 20 days on a 30-day sentence for using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate who later committed suicide. [...]

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El Paso gay teen, bullied for 2 years, commits suicide

Sunday, June 10, 2012
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EL PASO, Texas — Another bullied gay youth lost to suicide. El Paso teen Brandon Elizares, 16, took his own life on June 2, according to family and friends. [...]

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Ontario’s legislative assembly approves anti-bullying bill

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
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TORONTO, Ontario -- The Accepting Schools Act, an anti-bullying measure also known as Bill 13, passed through the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on Tuesday by a vote of 65-36. [...]

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Illinois school district bans GLSEN material over children’s diversity book

Friday, June 1, 2012
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ERIE, Ill. -- An Illinois school district has banned all student materials provided or endorsed by GLSEN, the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network, including learning materials and various programs aimed at preventing bullying. [...]

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Tyler Clementi’s suicide: Best to look not only at Ravi, but at society at large

Sunday, May 27, 2012
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The lack of public figures or role models for teenagers, and the hesitancy of schools to include same-sex sexualities in sex-ed curricula, despite these being a normal part of human sexuality, give these negative attitudes more influence by not contrasting them with the more positive reality. Given the body of [...]

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Anti-bullying legislation fails to pass Illinois state Senate

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Legislation that would require Illinois schools to create anti-bullying programs and fully explain how they would investigate bullying instances failed to pass in the state Senate Tuesday amid fear it could be used to promote acceptance of homosexuality. [...]

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