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MN's Anoka-Hennepin School District Under Federal Investigation Over Anti-Gay Policies After 7 Student Suicides: VIDEO


I've posted several items over the past year about the suicides in the Anoka-Hennepin school district and its position that teachers take a "neutral" stance on sexual orientation which forces them to ignore anti-gay bullying.

There have been seven student suicides in the school district in less than two years and now the school district is part of a federal investigation and civil rights groups, The National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Southern Poverty Law Center, are threatening a lawsuit.

The groups plan a news conference today.

CNN reports:

The Justice Department together with the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights are looking into "allegations of harassment and discrimination in the Anoka-Hennepin School District based on sex, including peer-on-peer harassment based on not conforming to gender stereotypes," according to a district memo provided exclusively to CNN.

Watch CNN's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

Minnesota School District 'Investigation' Says Bullying Not Responsible for Suicides [tr]

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  1. In Moron Michelle's state of all places! I am just luvin' watching a nation Pray Away The Bachmans, dangling sacs and all.

    Posted by: Roger Ramjet | Jul 21, 2011 9:21:14 AM

  2. The Anoka-Hennepin school district in Minnesota needs to have the full force of the law brought down on it. If it has acted in a negligent manner regarding anti-gay bullying, it should be exposed. The principal should be sued and so should the teachers.

    Posted by: jason | Jul 21, 2011 9:35:10 AM

  3. No Candy, they're being sent to school for Heterosexuality lessons.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 21, 2011 9:59:00 AM

  4. The School District is in Michele Bachmann's Congressional District.....but she appears to be quite about the suicides and bullying.

    Posted by: Mike Triggs | Jul 21, 2011 10:27:04 AM

  5. I just think of what it would have been like if seven kids killed themselves in my high school in two years. It would have been considered an apocalypse. And I thought I came from a mean, awful little town. These people are monsters.

    Posted by: justme | Jul 21, 2011 10:30:22 AM

  6. "take a 'neutral' stance"

    I'm sure that means either, pretend gay doesn't exist, or discussing it in any manner that could imply indifference or neutrality!

    It's a Public school, not a faith-based school.

    Phobes always equate sexuality w/ sex acts. Your kids understand the difference, why can't you?

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Jul 21, 2011 10:55:30 AM

  7. First of all- seven suicides in TWO YEARS, all of which by kids who were bullied or mocked for their gender-nonconformity and this moron District guy doesn't see a correlation?! That IS the correlation.

    Also this blondevlady doesn't seem to understand the conflict of messages formed by what sounds like a good anti-bullying policy and the neutrality rules on homosexuality. So you have to be neutral about homosexuality and not speak of it in any way that is perceived as positive or negative? The impossibility of that is obvious- but beyond that how does that gel with the anti-bullying rules? How does a teacher console those two opposite directives? In order to go after anti-gay bullying you need to come off as inherently pro-gay. That's just an obvious side-effect. Which puts the teacher at risk of violating the neutrality agreement.

    This lady's arguments are simply not adding up.

    And what about promoting the idea in schools that is is normal and completely okay to be gay makes the school suddenly leap into "teaching students to be gay"? Which has already been scientifically proven to be impossible. This woman was spouting religious right talking points left and right- false arguments meant to scare ignorant people into thinking that one thing inherently leads to the next.

    This district is trying to play the victim card here. "Oh woe is us- we are already doing sooooooo much and yet these evil, mean activist groups won't stop until we are forcing the teachers to recruit our youth into the gay lifestyle! Never mind the disturbing suicide rate our policy is creating- we're doing everything we can alreaaaaaaady!" It's disgusting.

    Posted by: AedanCRoberts | Jul 21, 2011 11:00:35 AM

  8. Ah, the world of Candy Cushman:

    Posted by: HOMOPHOBIA | Jul 21, 2011 12:33:09 PM

  9. Wow, you know it wasn't long ago that teachers couldn't and wouldn't say that gay was ok. Candy's side wasn't saying, "Hey, don't make judgments" back then.

    Now, when they are finding themselves more and more in the minority, they suddenly want to muzzle all discussion of it.

    Posted by: Matt S | Jul 21, 2011 7:42:23 PM

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