Mother of bullied suicide victim testifies to Congress


Advocate.com
Sirdeaner Walker, the mother of an 11-year-old boy who committed suicide in April after antigay bullying, spoke about school safety to two House subcommittees today. Walker, who says her son complained that classmates threatened him, called him gay, and made fun of how he dressed, has been fiercely critical of the school’s refusal to address the bullying.

The hearing comes after the introduction of the Safe Schools Improvement Act in the House of Representatives, which would guide administrators in an effort to protect students against bullying.

“Schools must be safe places for all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity, so that they can learn without fear of being bullied or attacked,” said U.S. representative Carolyn McCarthy, a New York Democrat.

The Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education and the Healthy Families and Communities subcommittees held the joint hearing titled “Strengthening School Safety Through the Prevention of Bullying.” Full story.

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