Indiana schools deal with gay bullying concerns

Feb 6, 2011 Full story: The Star Press Muncie News 93

It started small. A sneering comment in the cafeteria. Knocking books out of his hands in the hall.

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Frank Stanton

New York, NY

#1 Feb 6, 2011
Bullying is a very serious problem that ALL schools should deal with as a serious offense. It should NOT be tolerated.
Don

Dallas, TX

#2 Feb 6, 2011
Kids have been bullied since the beginning of time. It's part of growing up. It's one of the experiences we have to learn to deal with in life. It actually makes us stronger adults when we go through it as kids and learn how to react and overcome it.

Why is this any different for queers?

Since: Jul 09

Indy/Philly/Toronto

#3 Feb 6, 2011
Don wrote:
Kids have been bullied since the beginning of time. It's part of growing up. It's one of the experiences we have to learn to deal with in life. It actually makes us stronger adults when we go through it as kids and learn how to react and overcome it.
Why is this any different for queers?
Because "queers" as you call them have to deal with bullies who can't deal with the fact that they may have had a "gay" thought at sometime in their life and can't deal with it. Hence, a much more dangerous form of bullying. This is very different from these bigots making fun of person of colour or a different religious belief.
Frank Stanton

New York, NY

#5 Feb 6, 2011
Don wrote:
Kids have been bullied since the beginning of time. It's part of growing up. It's one of the experiences we have to learn to deal with in life. It actually makes us stronger adults when we go through it as kids and learn how to react and overcome it.
Why is this any different for queers?
Bullying is NOT necessarily a fact of life for all people. I spent 5 years in a private school wsa NEVER bullied, and I NEVER saw ANYONE bullied by anyone at all.

But in my 8 years in th epublic schools, I DID see people bullied, and some teachers just did nothing to stop it.

Bullying is immoral, dangerous, and possibly life-threatening. It should NOT be tolerated.

NOBODY has a right to bully or harass another person. It's morally indefensible.

“Fight bigotry.”

Since: Feb 07

Toms River, NJ

#6 Feb 6, 2011
I often disagree with you, but this is not one of those times. Thank you for posting this.
Frank Stanton wrote:
<quoted text>
Bullying is NOT necessarily a fact of life for all people. I spent 5 years in a private school wsa NEVER bullied, and I NEVER saw ANYONE bullied by anyone at all.
But in my 8 years in th epublic schools, I DID see people bullied, and some teachers just did nothing to stop it.
Bullying is immoral, dangerous, and possibly life-threatening. It should NOT be tolerated.
NOBODY has a right to bully or harass another person. It's morally indefensible.
Frank Stanton

New York, NY

#7 Feb 6, 2011
ACLU-Tom wrote:
I often disagree with you, but this is not one of those times. Thank you for posting this.<quoted text>
Why don't you agree with me all the other times ?!

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(GO PACKERS !:))

“I am happy”

Since: Jul 08

St. Petersburg, FL

#8 Feb 6, 2011
When the educators do not step in and take control of a situation, we will get the Summer of Hate..... Remember what happened in one month to all the kids that committed suicide. There will be more Tyler Clementi's out there until people start getting a clue that some level of intervention has to be done.

Google Walker Middle School incident. Or better yet, click on the link. This happened locally and it is UNACCEPTABLE. Period.

http://www.google.com/search...

“I am happy”

Since: Jul 08

St. Petersburg, FL

#9 Feb 6, 2011
Don wrote:
Kids have been bullied since the beginning of time. It's part of growing up. It's one of the experiences we have to learn to deal with in life. It actually makes us stronger adults when we go through it as kids and learn how to react and overcome it.
Why is this any different for queers?
It is different because "queers" (as you placed it) are being bullied over something they have ZERO control of. Remember last year and all the teen, gay suicides that occurred, you must have been sleeping while all that happened. Do you want to see more kids jump from the George Washington Bridge? Do you want to see more of them hang themselves or shoot themselves in the head? Teens are dealing with enough stuff when they are in school, but if they are bullied for being gay or being perceived as being gay and they eventually kill themselves, then that is where the problem comes into play.
Frank Stanton

New York, NY

#10 Feb 6, 2011
A good tv show that deals with glbt issues, and has gay and trans characers portrayed positively, is "Degrassi", and the new season begins this Friday nite.

“I'm here to make friends, etc.”

Since: Sep 10

Fernandina Beach, Florida

#12 Feb 6, 2011
Cornelius wrote:
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So what you're saying is that it is different for a gay kid to be bukkied than a black kid because the black kid can stop being black and therefore end the bullying.
That makes sense. Thanks for clarifying why gays are victims more than anyone else in the world.
I don't think he or anyone said that it's okay or more okay to bully a black kid. I wondered if you were implying that gay people could change to being straight and the bullying would stop. If gays could change to being straight which I know they cannot is irrelevant. Bullying, intimidation, violence, and harassment of any kind is immoral/unethical and not acceptable and not a right. Why should a gay person have to change in order to stop the bullying? Why not the perpetrators change their ways? They don't have to be friends with the gay person they disapprove of but they have no right to bully them and there is no moral justification to be bully.

Since: May 09

Marin County, CA

#13 Feb 6, 2011
Cornelius wrote:
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So what you're saying is that it is different for a gay kid to be bukkied than a black kid because the black kid can stop being black and therefore end the bullying.
That makes sense. Thanks for clarifying why gays are victims more than anyone else in the world.
bullying of all types happens because of the ignorance of people like YOU.

I suppose you felt it was OK to bully blacks and hang them from a tree ONLY because they were black. Why don't you talk with Matthew Sheppard about the dangers of bullying ANYBODY who is different from what the perps decide is OK - oh that's right, you can't because he's DEAD.

Since: Jul 09

Indy/Philly/Toronto

#14 Feb 6, 2011
Darrin wrote:
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That's total BS. So you're saying that it's very different and much worse for a gay kid to be bullied for being different than it is for a black kid in a predominantly white school or a jewish kid that wears a yarmulche in a mostly christian environment?
Why are gays special?
Amazing how you can type one thing and someone reads something else entirely.
NO ... the difference is NOT with the gay kid. The difference is with the bully who is dealing with an emotional problem ... seeing himself in that gay kid. That really twists a bully's small brain causing him to be much more violent and abusive.
Isn't it interesting how many times (even just in these responses here) how people immediately perceive that gays want "special" treatment.

“Married 6/17/08”

Since: Feb 07

Porterville, CA

#15 Feb 6, 2011
Looks like the morons are out and about with their burnt out light bulbs, peanuts and canceled letters. In MHO they have the blood of so many on their hands.
Gerald

Iron Station, NC

#16 Feb 6, 2011
I think it's disgusting that homotypes are allowed to use the public school system to brain wash our kids into thinking homosex is anything other than a sick perversion.

See the link below and I'm sure you'll be disgusted too if you are a normal and decent person like me.

&fe ature=related
Gerald

Iron Station, NC

#17 Feb 6, 2011
StevenFL wrote:
<quoted text>
It is different because "queers" (as you placed it) are being bullied over something they have ZERO control of. Remember last year and all the teen, gay suicides that occurred, you must have been sleeping while all that happened. Do you want to see more kids jump from the George Washington Bridge? Do you want to see more of them hang themselves or shoot themselves in the head? Teens are dealing with enough stuff when they are in school, but if they are bullied for being gay or being perceived as being gay and they eventually kill themselves, then that is where the problem comes into play.
If the homotypes would just Choose to be normal and decent instead of queer perverts then the problem would end. If they can't Choose to do the right thing then so be it, they can google the location of the nearest bridge.

“I'm here to make friends, etc.”

Since: Sep 10

Fernandina Beach, Florida

#18 Feb 6, 2011
Gerald wrote:
I think it's disgusting that homotypes are allowed to use the public school system to brain wash our kids into thinking homosex is anything other than a sick perversion.
See the link below and I'm sure you'll be disgusted too if you are a normal and decent person like me.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =UKQXd0MpZA8XX&feature=rel ated
I don't think anyone has a right to bully anyone regardless of their differences. No matter what you think of homosexuals no one should have the right to discriminate against them or anyone else for any reason. No gay person should be made to think that they are inferior or sick because they are gay.
Gerald

Iron Station, NC

#19 Feb 6, 2011
Joe in Novato wrote:
<quoted text>
bullying of all types happens because of the ignorance of people like YOU.
I suppose you felt it was OK to bully blacks and hang them from a tree ONLY because they were black. Why don't you talk with Matthew Sheppard about the dangers of bullying ANYBODY who is different from what the perps decide is OK - oh that's right, you can't because he's DEAD.
Matthew Sheppard (sic) was a gay boy that got caught up in a botched robbery and accidentally got killed yet the liberal queer agenda are trying to make Matthew Shepard out to be some kind of martyr.

“I'm here to make friends, etc.”

Since: Sep 10

Fernandina Beach, Florida

#20 Feb 6, 2011
Gerald wrote:
<quoted text>If the homotypes would just Choose to be normal and decent instead of queer perverts then the problem would end. If they can't Choose to do the right thing then so be it, they can google the location of the nearest bridge.
If people bully or lay a finger on me I'll have them arrested and/or take legal action against them. What do you say about that? These children and their parents should sue, prosecute, and take legal (civil and/or criminal) action against the perpetrators (little criminals and bigots) of the children being harassed, persecuted, bullied, intimidated, assaulted, or battered. They should also take these actions against the teachers and/or school board. Children have a right to be gay and be free of any retaliation for it. They have a RIGHT to be safe at school. How dare you for implying otherwise! I'm assuming you are an adult and for an adult to think that a child should be bullied for who they are or the way they were born or for any reason is pretty darn sick and twisted. It's one thing not to agree with someone but that is where it should end. No one should make someone feel inferior or scared and not face consequences for it.
Gerald

Iron Station, NC

#21 Feb 6, 2011
Below is Michael Swifts Gay Manifesto, it illustrates the intentions of the liberal gay agenda.

We shall sodomize your sons, emblems of your feeble masculinity, of your shallow dreams and vulgar lies. We shall seduce them in your schools, in your dormitories, in your gymnasiums, in your locker rooms, in your sports arenas, in your seminaries, in your youth groups, in your movie theater bathrooms, in your army bunkhouses, in your truck stops, in your all male clubs, in your houses of Congress, wherever men are with men together. Your sons shall become our minions and do our bidding. They will be recast in our image. They will come to crave and adore us.

Women, you cry for freedom. You say you are no longer satisfied with men; they make you unhappy. We, connoisseurs of the masculine face, the masculine physique, shall take your men from you then. We will amuse them; we will instruct them; we will embrace them when they weep. Women, you say you wish to live with each other instead of with men. Then go and be with each other. We shall give your men pleasures they have never known because we are foremost men too, and only one man knows how to truly please another man; only one man can understand the depth and feeling, the mind and body of another man.

All laws banning homosexual activity will be revoked. Instead, legislation shall be passed which engenders love between men.

All homosexuals must stand together as brothers; we must be united artistically, philosophically, socially, politically and financially. We will triumph only when we present a common face to the vicious heterosexual enemy.

If you dare to cry faggot, fairy, queer, at us, we will stab you in your cowardly hearts and defile your dead, puny bodies.

We shall write poems of the love between men; we shall stage plays in which man openly caresses man; we shall make films about the love between heroic men which will replace the cheap, superficial, sentimental, insipid, juvenile, heterosexual infatuations presently dominating your cinema screens. We shall sculpt statues of beautiful young men, of bold athletes which will be placed in your parks, your squares, your plazas. The museums of the world will be filled only with paintings of graceful, naked lads.

Our writers and artists will make love between men fashionable and de rigueur, and we will succeed because we are adept at setting styles. We will eliminate heterosexual liaisons through usage of the devices of wit and ridicule, devices which we are skilled in employing.

We will unmask the powerful homosexuals who masquerade as heterosexuals. You will be shocked and frightened when you find that your presidents and their sons, your industrialists, your senators, your mayors, your generals, your athletes, your film stars, your television personalities, your civic leaders, your priests are not the safe, familiar, bourgeois, heterosexual figures you assumed them to be. We are everywhere; we have infiltrated your ranks. Be careful when you speak of homosexuals because we are always among you; we may be sitting across the desk from you; we may be sleeping in the same bed with you.
Gerald

Iron Station, NC

#22 Feb 6, 2011
Gay Manifesto Part 2

There will be no compromises. We are not middle-class weaklings. Highly intelligent, we are the natural aristocrats of the human race, and steely-minded aristocrats never settle for less. Those who oppose us will be exiled.

We shall raise vast private armies, as Mishima did, to defeat you. We shall conquer the world because warriors inspired by and banded together by homosexual love and honor are invincible as were the ancient Greek soldiers.

The family unit-spawning ground of lies, betrayals, mediocrity, hypocrisy and violence--will be abolished. The family unit, which only dampens imagination and curbs free will, must be eliminated. Perfect boys will be conceived and grown in the genetic laboratory. They will be bonded together in communal setting, under the control and instruction of homosexual savants.

All churches who condemn us will be closed. Our only gods are handsome young men. We adhere to a cult of beauty, moral and esthetic. All that is ugly and vulgar and banal will be annihilated. Since we are alienated from middle-class heterosexual conventions, we are free to live our lives according to the dictates of the pure imagination. For us too much is not enough.

The exquisite society to emerge will be governed by an elite comprised of gay poets. One of the major requirements for a position of power in the new society of homoeroticism will be indulgence in the Greek passion. Any man contaminated with heterosexual lust will be automatically barred from a position of influence. All males who insist on remaining stupidly heterosexual will be tried in homosexual courts of justice and will become invisible men.

We shall rewrite history, history filled and debased with your heterosexual lies and distortions. We shall portray the homosexuality of the great leaders and thinkers who have shaped the world. We will demonstrate that homosexuality and intelligence and imagination are inextricably linked, and that homosexuality is a requirement for true nobility, true beauty in a man.

We shall be victorious because we are fueled with the ferocious bitterness of the oppressed who have been forced to play seemingly bit parts in your dumb, heterosexual shows throughout the ages. We too are capable of firing guns and manning the barricades of the ultimate revolution.

Tremble, hetero swine, when we appear before you without our masks.

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