Anoka’s war on gay teens

I strongly advise everyone to read Rolling Stone article on LGBT kids in Anoka, Minnesota. Below I’ve included a number of quotes from the article.

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Sam’s death lit the fuse of a suicide epidemic that would take the lives of nine local students in under two years….

Surprisingly, the six-member board voted to adopt the measure by a four-to-two majority, even borrowing the memo’s language to fashion the resulting districtwide policy, which pronounced that within the health curriculum, “homosexuality not be taught/addressed as a normal, valid lifestyle.”

Minnesota Family Council president Tom Prichard blogged that Justin’s suicide could only be blamed upon one thing: his gayness. “Youth who embrace homosexuality are at greater risk [of suicide], because they’ve embraced an unhealthy sexual identity and lifestyle,”

Barb Anderson, co-author of the original “No Homo Promo,” held fast to her principles, blaming pro-gay groups for the tragedies. She explained that such “child corruption” agencies allow “quote-unquote gay kids” to wrongly feel legitimized. /…./ She added that if LGBT kids weren’t encouraged to come out of the closet in the first place, they wouldn’t be in a position to be bullied.

But teachers were, of course, reminded to never show “personal support for GLBT people” in the classroom.

Over the course of the 2010-2011 school year, 700 students were evaluated for serious mental-health issues, including hospitalizations for depression and suicide attempts.

Bachmann has publicly stated her opposition to anti-bullying legislation, asking in a 2006 state Senate committee hearing, “What will be our definition of bullying? Will it get to the point where we are completely stifling free speech and expression?… Will we be expecting boys to be girls?”

I ask for a show of hands: How many of you feel safe at school? Of the 19 kids assembled, two raise their hands.

Edit: Gave this a title now. Was too angry when posting that it totally slipped my mind.

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