Teen confessions: Gay + coming out = bullying

By Tammy McAllister
BBC Somerset
A teenager from Somerset has described how the pressures of coming out led to anorexia and homophobic bullying.

The 17-year-old boy said gays and lesbians at his school were subjected to ignorant comments and suspicion.

He was also attacked on a bus by a complete stranger who shouted homophobic abuse while others stood by and watched.
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Research: Middle school LGBT students face more bullying

NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2009 – Middle school LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students are significantly more likely to face hostile school climates than high school LGBT students, yet have less access to school resources and support, according to a new research brief from GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, released as the New York Times Magazine publishes a cover story on students coming out in middle school.
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Video: Anoka-Hennepin teachers on leave for harassment

By: Nicole Muehlhausen
Two teachers accused of harassing a student because of his perceived sexual orientation have been put on leave from the Anoka-Hennepin School District.

District officials say they could not explain why Diane Cleveland and Walter Filson were placed on leave, due to privacy rules. They wouldn’t comment on who approved their leave and whether it was paid administrative leave or not.

Student Alex Merritt, 17, says teachers Cleveland and Filson made countless comments about his sexual orientation.
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Teachers accused of gay ridiculing won’t start school year

By Nancy Ngo
St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch
Coon Rapids, Minn. — The two Anoka-Hennepin school district teachers accused of making disparaging remarks about a student’s perceived sexuality will not be in the classroom when classes resume Tuesday.

The school’s notice about the teachers — Diane Cleveland and Walter Filson — came the same day a citizens group urged students to boycott their classes. The group had earlier asked the district to fire the teachers.
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Anoka-Hennepin’s Diane Cleveland denies gay harassment

Star Tribune
An Anoka-Hennepin teacher who was disciplined for harassing a student she thought was gay “steadfastly” denied Thursday that she ever harassed or intended to harass a student, according to her attorney.

“She does not in any way acknowledge harassing anybody,” said Phil Villaume, the attorney for teacher Diane Cleveland.
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STEP teachers accused of gay harassment on leave

by Sue Austreng
Anoka County Union
Coon Rapids, Minn. — The repercussions of alleged sexual harassment in District 11 took a new twist this week when it was revealed that two teachers, who reportedly harassed a student because of the student’s perceived sexuality, are on leave from their jobs.

Social studies teacher Diane Cleveland and law enforcement educator Walter Filson, both of whom teach at Anoka-Hennepin’s Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP), are on leave, according to Mary Olson, the school district’s communications director.
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