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  1. #1
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    Jan 2004

    Minn. school board ends policy blamed for bullying


    COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) Minnesota's largest school district has abandoned a much-criticized policy that required teachers to remain neutral when issues of sexual identity arose in the classroom, replacing it with a policy designed to create respectful discussion about controversial topics.

    With only one dissenting vote, the Anoka-Hennepin School Board on Monday dropped a policy that is the subject of two lawsuits by critics who contend it muzzled teachers and prevented them from holding effective discussions to reduce bullying against students who are gay or perceived to be gay.

    The new policy says when contentious political, religious, social matters or economic issues come up it does not specifically cite sexuality issues teachers shouldn't try to persuade students to adopt a particular viewpoint. It calls for teachers to foster respectful exchanges of views. It also says in such discussions, staff should affirm the dignity and self-worth of all students, regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

    The debate over how teachers should handle controversial classroom topics ballooned after six students in the district committed suicide in less than two years.

    More at link....

  2. #2
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    Feb 2007
    Chicago burbs
    Sad it took 6 suicides for the school district to figure this out.

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  3. #3
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    Apr 2010
    Great White North

    My heart absolutely breaks for the family and friends of these kids. How devastating.

    Why can't people fight against hate, poverty and abuse, rather than love? Why can't they worry about what they do in their own lives, rather than what other people do in theirs....when it doesn't even hurt anyone?

    Let's all work together to show respect and caring for all, not hatred and bigotry!
    Any man's death diminishes me,
    Because I am involved in mankind,
    Therefore, send not to know, for whom the bell tolls;
    It tolls for thee.
    ~John Dunne


  4. #4
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    Jul 2005
    Heart breaking,infuriating article.
    As a Christian myself I would suggest anyone who could condone or look the other way while this kind of evil is being done by their children or students against another persons child really ought to take a good look in the mirror and perhaps a serious examination of their own walk with God is in order.

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