Anti-bullying policies take hold in Anoka-Hennepin

Mar 3, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: KARE-TV Minneapolis

One year after Minnesota's largest school district settled a lawsuit over bullying, life for gay and lesbian students is getting better there.

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Good this was such a shame and embarrassment.

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Proof that progress is possible, even if you have to grab the responsible people by the backs of their necks and MAKE them eat their veggies.

At least a few years of kids' lives will be a bit better.

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Prejudice can be overcome with information. 50 briefs in support of marriage equality have been submitted, destroying the irrational excuses offered for discrimination.

Links to PDF copies of major amicus briefs filed in support of the constitutional challenge to California's Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that eliminated equal marriage rights for same-sex partners:

http://www.sfcityattorney.org/index.aspx...

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

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Normally, ballot measures and other controversy that keeps gays and lesbians in the news results in more, not fewer attacks and harassment. In this district, however, I suspect it actually helped open the issue for reasonable discussion. The Minnesota ballot measure may be as responsible for the drop in bullying than any school board actions.

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nhjeff wrote:
Normally, ballot measures and other controversy that keeps gays and lesbians in the news results in more, not fewer attacks and harassment. In this district, however, I suspect it actually helped open the issue for reasonable discussion. The Minnesota ballot measure may be as responsible for the drop in bullying than any school board actions.
Agreed. Though it is hard to point to any one variable as being responsible, I suspect both are involved.

"Ideology assailants report that their crimes stem from their negative beliefs and attitudes about homosexuality that they perceive other people in the community share. They see themselves as enforcing social morals." (APA)

Official school policies that specifically prohibit anti-gay bullying make the community standard clear. The previous policy tolerated anti-gay prejudice, implying the community standard supported it.

But the "social morals" are communicated not just by written policies and laws, but by community leaders, and the recent debate about voting discrimination into the law. Having those old excuses for prejudice publicly confronted and exposed as irrational, helps establish acceptance as the social moral standard.

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