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Bullying: Putting Your Money Where Their Mouth Is

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
When we say that we want bullying to stop, what we're in large part saying is that we want bullying to stop happening in our children's schools. Which means we want teachers to put a stop to bullying. [ Read more → ]
Seth Walsh

California governor signs ‘Seth’s Law’ anti-bullying measure, two transgender rights bills

Monday, October 10, 2011
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has signed “Seth’s Law,” an anti-bullying measure aimed at giving public schools tools to prevent and address bullying through mandatory policies and systems to help discourage harassment, and track incidents when they do occur. The governor also signed two significant transgender rights bills. [ Read more → ]
Jamey Rosemeyer

Police: Bullying of Jamey Rodemeyer addressed just once

Thursday, October 6, 2011
The Williamsville School District appears to have only one documented case of bullying involving Jamey Rodemeyer, police say. The incident apparently happened when he was a student at Heim Middle School, and disciplinary action was promptly taken. [ Read more → ]
Michele Bachmann

Bachmann responds to anti-bullying petition: ‘Bullying is wrong’

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), this week has finally issued a follow-up response to her previous assertion that bullying is "not a federal issue" -- Bachmann now adds, "bullying is wrong." [caption id="attachment_35987" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Michele Bachmann"][/caption] The Minnesota Independent reported... [ Read more → ]
Jamey Rodemeyer

Student suspended in bullying incident following Jamey Rodemeyer’s death

Saturday, October 1, 2011
The Williamsville, N.Y., Central School District on Friday announced the suspension of a student in connection with an alleged bullying incident of Jamey Rodemeyer's sister at a homecoming event just days after the gay teen took his own life. [ Read more → ]

Christians and gay teen suicides: ‘How could anyone be so stupid?’

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
In the conversations centered around such tragedies as the recent Jamey Rodemeyer suicide, we very often find conservative Christians defending themselves against the accusation that the theology in which they believe -- and specifically their belief that homosexuality is a sin against God -- ultimately contributes to that which informs, motivates, and encourages the bullying of gay teens. [ Read more → ]
Tim and Tracy Rodemeyer

Parents of bullied New York gay teen say taunts continued after his death

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
The parents of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, a 14-year-old gay teen who committed suicide last week, said Tuesday that the taunts and bullying directed at their son continued after his death. [ Read more → ]

Out of the depths: Everyone should have the freedom to love, and be loved

Sunday, September 25, 2011
No one should be bullied to death; that is a cruel, vicious waste of life. No one should ever die feeling unloved; that is a human and universal tragedy. Everyone should have the freedom to love, and be loved. That is the greatest thing we will ever learn. [ Read more → ]

Lady Gaga performs tribute to Jamey Rodemeyer

Sunday, September 25, 2011
Entertainer Lady Gaga on Saturday performed a tribute for Williamsville, N.Y. gay teen Jamey Rodemeyer, at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. Jamey, 14, committed suicide last week after enduring years of anti-gay bullying at school and online. He was laid to rest on Saturday. [ Read more → ]

Jamey Rodemeyer laid to rest

Saturday, September 24, 2011
Jamey Rodemeyer was laid to rest on Saturday. .More than 500 mourners, many of who were strangers, turned out in Williamsville, N.Y. to say goodbye to Jamey, a 14-year-old gay teen who committed suicide earlier this week after enduring years of bullying at school and online. [ Read more → ]

In memory of September’s children — Asher Brown, one year later

Friday, September 23, 2011
On September 23, 2010, Asher Brown returned home from school while his parents were at work. He shot himself in the head after enduring what his mother and stepfather say was constant harassment from four other students at Hamilton Middle School in Houston. [ Read more → ]

Amherst police open criminal investigation of Jamey Rodemeyer bullying, suicide

Friday, September 23, 2011
Police in the town of Amherst in suburban Buffalo, N.Y. have opened a criminal investigation in the suicide death of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, who was bullied with anti-gay slurs for the past two years, both at school and online. [ Read more → ]

Gay Mormon, excommunicated from his church, commits suicide

Thursday, September 22, 2011
Bryan Michael Egnew, 40, spent the last decades of his life building up the courage to come out to his family and Mormon church. Once he did his life, family and religion were stripped away from him, and he committed suicide within a matter of weeks. [ Read more → ]
Tyler Clementi

Remembering Tyler Clementi, one year since gay teen jumped to his death

Thursday, September 22, 2011
On this day one year ago, Tyler Clementi -- an 18-year-old student at Rutgers University -- jumped to his death from the George Washington bridge after a sexual encounter he had with another man was allegedly streamed online by his roommate. [ Read more → ]

Alarming trend in suicide among LGBT youth nearing pandemic, says CDC

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
There was a time when faculty members in schools across America bracing for the annual after summer break of their students worried about seemingly inconsequential issues. Now it seems, according to a high school teacher in the western New York township of Williamsville, preventing adolescent death by suicide due to extreme bullying seems to be the prevalent challenge. [ Read more → ]

Christians and the Blood of Jamey Rodemeyer

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
If you’re a Christian who believes that being gay is a morally reprehensible offense against God, then you share a mindset, worldview, and moral structure with the kids who hounded Jamey Rodemeyer -- literally, to death. [ Read more → ]
Jamey Rodemeyer

Gay teenager struggled with bullying before taking his life

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
"I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens," Jamey Rodemeyer wrote Sept. 9. "What do I have to do so people will listen to me?" Just over one week later, Jamey, 14, was found dead outside his home of an apparent suicide. [ Read more → ]

The ‘Ex-Gay’ Myth: In demise, yet still a danger

Friday, September 16, 2011
In the past two years, there has been an epidemic of eight suicides in Minnesota’s Anoka-Hennepin school district. Anti-gay bullying may have played a role in half of the suicides... [ Read more → ]
Billy Lucas

Remembering Billy Lucas one year later — a message of hope that it does get better

Friday, September 9, 2011
One year ago today, Billy (William) Lucas, a 15-year-old from Greensburg, Ind., was was found dead in a barn at his grandmother’s home — he had hanged himself. While Billy never self-identified as gay, friends report he was tormented for years because other kids thought he was gay. [ Read more → ]

Minnesota school district faces another lawsuit over treatment of LGBT students

Thursday, August 11, 2011
The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) this week filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Minneapolis on behalf of a sixth student, an out lesbian, who was harassed while attending school in the Anoka-Hennepin School District, where a "neutrality" policy prevents teachers and staff from addressing LGBT issues, including bullying. [ Read more → ]
via: Anoka-Hennepin GLBT website

MN school district — subject of lawsuit, federal probe — launches GLBT web page

Friday, July 29, 2011
Minnesota’s Anoka-Hennepin school district — which is the subject of a lawsuit and a federal investigation stemming from a spate of suicides by gay, or perceived gay teens — has launched a page on it website to address GLBT issues including bullying and harassment. [ Read more → ]
Marcus and Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann remains silent on teen suicides in her congressional district

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
GOP presidential hopeful and Tea Party, 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. [ Read more → ]

Remembering Justin Aaberg — in the year since his death, much has changed, much has not

Saturday, July 9, 2011
On this day one year ago -- July 9, 2010 -- just weeks after finishing his freshman year at Anoka High School in Minnesota, 15-year-old Justin Aaberg killed himself in his bedroom. In the year since Justin took his life, much has changed, and much has not... [ Read more → ]
Seth Walsh

Mother of bullied gay teen files wrongful death lawsuit against California school

Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Just days after federal investigators concluded that a California middle school failed to “adequately investigate" the bullying of a gay teen who killed himself after enduring years of anti-gay harassment, the boy's mother on Tuesday filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the school district. [ Read more → ]

Federal investigators: California school’s response to anti-gay bullying ‘inadequate’

Saturday, July 2, 2011
Federal investigators on Friday concluded that the Tehachapi, Calif., Unified School District failed to “adequately investigate or respond appropriately to the bullying of a gay, 13-year-old middle school student who hung himself in September due to the harassment." [ Read more → ]
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