This is horrifying on a level I can barely contemplate, and I spend my spare time sitting around thinking up horrifying things to write, people.
The school district insists it has been portrayed unfairly. Superintendent Carlson points out it has been working hard to address the mental-health needs of its students by hiring more counselors and staff – everything, it seems, but admit that its policy has created problems for its LGBT community. "We understand that gay kids are bullied and harassed on a daily basis," and that that can lead to suicide, Carlson says. "But that was not the case here. If you're looking for a cause, look in the area of mental health." In that sense, the district is in step with PAL. "How could not discussing homosexuality in the public-school classrooms cause a teen to take his or her own life?" PAL asked Rolling Stone in an e-mail, calling the idea "absurd," going on to say, "Because homosexual activists have hijacked and exploited teen suicides for their moral and political utility, much of society seems not to be looking closely and openly at all the possible causes of the tragedies," including mental illness. Arguably, however, it is members of PAL who have hijacked this entire discussion from the very start: Though they've claimed to represent the "majority" opinion on gay issues, and say they have 1,200 supporters, one PAL parent reported that they have less than two dozen members.
This school has purposefully set out to build a culture where it is acceptable to literally bully gay teens to death, and then has the unmitigated gall to proclaim that the resulting epidemic of suicides is not their fault. Every member of their school board should be fired. Hell, the whole damn district should be cleaned out, and replaced by people who can bother to remember that part of their job is to protect children.
These people are setting themselves up for a school shooting. It's nothing but luck that one of these kids didn't decide to bring a street sweeper to school and turn their misery outwards, instead of inwards.
One Town's War on Gay Teens | Politics News | Rolling Stone
In Michele Bachmann's home district, evangelicals have created an extreme anti-gay climate. After a rash of suicides, the kids are fighting back.
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