Thursday, October 28, 2010

Is Anti-Gay Bullying a Civil Rights Violation?

This from guest blogger Christina A. Samuels at Politics K-12:

Anti-Gay Bullying May Violate Civil Rights, Ed. Dept. Warns

Certain types of harassment rooted in sex-role stereotypes or religious differences may be a federal civil rights violation, even though members of those groups are not specifically protected in federal law, according to new guidance released [recently] by the U.S. Department of Education's office of civil rights.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act already prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin; Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act, prohibit discrimination based on disability status. Many local districts and schools have anti-bullying and harassment policies that go beyond those protected groups, said Russlyn H. Ali, the department's assistant secretary for civil rights.

But even when local agencies do not have such policies, federal law imposes obligations on schools, she said....

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It will be interesting to see how the schools in our solidly heterosexual and anti-gay state react to this opinion from the U.S. Department of Education.

Until they do, gay kids, and those who are labeled so, will continue to suffer.

I applaud the blog owners for discussing an issue that is seldom discussed in educational circles.