Saturday, April 11, 2009

Teachers who disrespect their students should be fired

examples of such teachers, in upper NY State high schools:

"Charlie Pratt... was severely harrased throughout his time in the school district. Students attacked him relentlessly with antigay and sexist slurs including names like 'faggot,' 'sissy,' 'queer,' and 'fudgepacker,' often in the presence of teachers who failed to intervene. Students also pushed him into walls and lockers threatend him, threw food and other objects and him, spat on him, and vandalized his locker with antigay slurs. Staff members at the high school joined the harassment by ridiculing Charlie with stereotypical effeminate gestures in front of other students."

"Then-principal James Kettrick-- now the district's superintendent-- refused to take appropriate action, and instead told Charlie and his parents, Bobbi and Todd Petranchuk, that Charlie should 'tone it down' to avoid harassment. The principal also refused Bobbi Petranchuk's request to train teachers to address antigay bullying, and he failed to change the school's written policies to match state anti-harrassment laws covering sexual orientation. Left with no other options, Charlie's parents withdrew him from school for his own protection."

Thankfully, their getting their asses sued by Lambda Legal

One commentor, "dsc999", describes his own past:

"I hope that kid is OK now. I made it through high school and then college but later became a total alchy trying to drown out the voices in my head which told me with regularity what a horrible person I was. The back up those voices recieved when I was a kid made them all the stronger. After all if even the adults think you are a loser you must be one, right? I am 9 years sober as of a couple of days ago. I would to be able to stop reading about these stories due to them not happening."

For more on how to fight anti-gay and anti-trans bullying, see GLSEN. They actually have another tragedy:

11-year old hangs himself after enduring daily anti-gay bullying.

*** The boy lived in Massachusetts, home of the first marriage equality victory. Lesson: Nowhere is immune to bullying

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