By Jodi Heckel
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois – A Safe Schools forum next week will look at bullying of gay students in schools and how teachers and administrators can respond.
State Superintendent Christopher Koch will be part of the forum.
It will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Parkland College Theater, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C.
It is sponsored by several organizations, including the East Central Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, the American Civil Liberties Union of Champaign County, the Urbana High School Social Justice Committee and the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign.
According to research done in Illinois, bullying based on sexual orientation or gender identity “is one of the most common forms of bullying and is second only to bullying based on appearance,” said Sarah Schriber, policy director for the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, a statewide organization that promotes the safety and support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people.
“Even if schools do anti-bullying work, it rarely discusses this type of bullying, even though it’s so prevalent.
“It’s really important that we realize that (anti-gay bullying) is going on in every school in the area, in urban areas and in rural areas, and really everywhere in Illinois and across the country,” Schriber said. Full story.
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