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Michele Bachmann Was Worried Anti-Bullying Rules in MN Would Stifle Free Speech, Won't Talk About It: VIDEO

Mother Jones reports on the deep ties Michelle Bachmann has to the Anoka-Hennepin School District, which is under federal investigation and the subject of a lawsuit from five former students who say the school district, whose high school Bachmann once attended, knowingly perpetuated anti-LGBT bullying with two policies detailed below:

Mb The Anoka Hennepin school district has two abhorrent policies - one called "no homo promo" which is essentially a "don't say gay" policy like the one proposed in Kentucky in recent years, and the other is a policy where teachers must remain neutral in cases of anti-LGBT bullying so the kids are not afforded any assistance.

Mother Jones adds:

Both policies were put into place at the behest of conservative religious activists who have been among Bachmann's biggest supporters in the district. They include the Minnesota Family Council (MFC), and its local affiliate, the Parents Action League, which has lobbied to put discredited "reparative therapy" materials in schools.

Here's a video from MSNBC featuring Tammy Aaberg, whose son Justin was one of seven suicides at the school over the last two years.

Bachmann's silence makes her complicit in the tragedies that have happened at Anoka Hennepin:

Teachers and counselors in the district, as well as civil rights activists, say that Bachmann's closest allies like the MFC have helped create a vitriolic climate in the wake of the teen suicides in the Anoka-Hennepin area that may have hampered the community's ability to effectively address what was, at root, a serious mental health crisis.

Bachmann has, however, made her thoughts on bullying in schools known, at a committee hearing on bullying in 2006 (via dump bachmann), in which she repeats her husbands "barbarians" moniker, and says she doesn't know how we'll ever get to a zero tolerance policy.

"I think for all us our experience in public schools is there have always been bullies, always have been, always will be. I just don't know how we're ever going to get to point of zero tolerance and what does it mean?...What will be our definition of bullying? Will it get to the point where we are completely stifling free speech and expression? Will it mean that what form of behavior will there be—will we be expecting boys to be girls?"

Listen to it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. If you look at the smile on that boys face,.and that little light that was extinguished it makes you realize just how dangerous and cruel Bachman is. She is utterly hell bent on destroying gay people to the point of actually trying to make them non existent. Her personal vendetta is clearly a personal one....hard to think why she has so much animosity to a community that wants nothing from her or nothing to do with her. Tragic story and why on earth would anyone think that simply not talking about a problem is the best way to deal with it ? What is this ? Victorian Britain ? Just turn your back on children in need ?

    Posted by: Paul | Jul 26, 2011 8:08:58 AM

  2. Interesting post. Thanks.

    Posted by: essay writer | Jul 26, 2011 8:12:14 AM

  3. Justin Aaberg was the first shown in my bullying video, and sadly the start of a string of gay bullying suicides last year throughout the U.S....


    Posted by: CB | Jul 26, 2011 8:32:21 AM

  4. Bachmann should be in a Mental Hospital Under a Dr's Care...she seriously has Issues...tho I guess being Married to a Flaming Mary could do that....LOL

    Posted by: Gay American | Jul 26, 2011 8:32:29 AM

  5. Bachmann has an out lesbian half-sister -- who she pretends doesn't exist. And a husband -- whosescreamigly obvious gayness she pretends doesn;t exist. He in turn does his part as a "Dr." whose "counseling" is designed to torture gay people.

    On top of all that she suffers from crippling migranses (brought on by all that mendacity no doubt) that have put her in the hospital several times.

    She jas ZERO chance of winning the presidency. But our famously "Liberal Media" loves to highlight her antics.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 26, 2011 8:45:41 AM

  6. She hates gay people because her husband is an ex-gay, gay man.

    Posted by: Josh | Jul 26, 2011 8:47:29 AM

  7. I guess when you see gay people as aliens, from a completely different species than your own, or like a character written in a crazy liberal fiction novel, you don't really care that your endless march against gay people, well, also affects gay teens. I really do think this is how Bachmann conceptualizes gays.

    I guess she and people like her have no idea that growing up in a climate in which adults teach their children that you should be feared for your gayness isn't easy for a 15 year old. Who would think that a community of children like that, should possibly be protected in schools, instead of antagonized by the adult community leaders? That way, they can be misunderstood by the oldest generation, politically attacked by their parents generation, and picked on in school by their peers. Attacked from all angles of their local society - and yet no, the school should walk on eggshells in terms of acknowledging their existence. Sounds like a recipe for disaster to me - what kind of school district would take this approach towards a minority group? One asking for trouble. The school has the obligation to protect it's students and tell them to respect eachother despite their differences. But, I guess when we still have universities that kick students out for discovering they are gay (ehem, Bethel), it's not so easy.

    Clearly, Michelle Bachmann just doesn't understand homosexuality. I find it warped, that some people have a view of homosexuality that they just decided to make up for themselves. They view gay people as simply confused about their gender and attractions, and they think that they know better. No matter if millions of gay people across the country and world tell them differently ; no, she, the straight woman, clearly is an expert on us, and clearly knows what's best for the gay community and everyone in it. I think it's truly baffling to have someone tirelessly fighting against my community, when they just have a completely incorrect notion of what I am.

    Way to continue to embarrass Minnesota, Michele! With all of the talent we have here, it's a crime that she and Pawlenty are the ones in the national political spotlight...

    Posted by: HOCKEYJOCK | Jul 26, 2011 8:52:34 AM

  8. She seems to think that girls can't be bullies. But she's actually married to a big girl bully!

    Posted by: borut | Jul 26, 2011 8:54:53 AM

  9. I feel deeply sad and sorry for Tammy Aaberg, who lost his son Justin, who seems nice, kind young man.
    I feel totally disgusted about Michele Bachmann's speech. So much hate, violent. I was able to listen 45 secs, then had to stop.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jul 26, 2011 8:56:38 AM

  10. This hit piece on Bachmann by MJ is an out and out MJ fabrication. The anonymous MJ slander implies some sort of connection between Bachmann and bullying in her home school district. That is the reason that MJ is zero influence outside the Demented Left echo chamber: MJ does not do journalism but only propaganda.
    Juan Williams wrote: Whenever the press attacks Bachmann she "gets a flood of support and money. She becomes ‘Every Woman,’ a misunderstood Tea Party mother of five facing down an elitist, arrogant, Obama-leaning press corps." The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.
    7/19/11 A national poll from Public Policy Polling shows Bachmann: 21% of Republican primary voters vs. 20% for Mitt Romney.

    Posted by: Derek Wain | Jul 26, 2011 10:01:41 AM

  11. Stupidity will also probably be around forever, Ms. Bachmann. That doesn't mean we shouldn't do our best to make our schools institutions that eradicate stupidity. There will always be failures, as you so well demonstrate. Some of that can be attributed to the institution. What was it? Liberty elementary--I mean, University?

    Posted by: candideinnc | Jul 26, 2011 10:03:44 AM

  12. Thanks to Tammy for speaking about her son Justin. Great pics of a fun kid who got beat down by a system put in place to allow that to happen. Tragic.

    Posted by: kodiak | Jul 26, 2011 10:18:08 AM

  13. Derek, perhaps it has something to do with Bachmann serving on the school board before she became a state senator. I would hope an investigative reporter would research when these rules were made to see if it coincides with Bachmann's tenure on the board.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jul 26, 2011 10:31:40 AM

  14. Derek, anyone who quoates Juan Williams is obviously a foxnews watching douchenozzle. And how anyone who watches foxnews can turn around and accuse others of lacking in journalistic integrity, and propaganda is completly laughable!

    Posted by: The Iron Orchard | Jul 26, 2011 10:50:29 AM

  15. A hit piece by MJ on Bachmann? You've got to be kidding me. I guess I wrote a hit pteiece too. This woman is a target because every time she opens her mouth, she lies, makes things up, cites sources that don't exist, and hurts millions of people with her rhetoric.


    Posted by: Haightmale | Jul 26, 2011 10:52:51 AM

  16. omfg the more one learns about her the more vile she becomes. unbelievable.

    Posted by: Danny | Jul 26, 2011 11:03:43 AM

  17. The Bachmanns kill kids.

    It's as simple as that.

    This depraved couple of maniacs kill kids.

    Posted by: ohplease | Jul 26, 2011 11:29:21 AM

  18. When she was talking about the "little barbarians" was that a dog whistle term to refer to "little gay people"? He husband refers to gay people as barbarians and we know Michelle must obey her husband.

    Posted by: Dale | Jul 26, 2011 12:36:18 PM

  19. She may smile and twinkle and try to charm, but Michele Bachmann is as dangerous as any right-wing extremist out there.

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Jul 26, 2011 12:45:39 PM

  20. in a mental hospital and being treated by her husband, that should insure that she never gets well.

    Posted by: lk | Jul 26, 2011 2:36:12 PM

  21. Well Michelle, if you studied law like many politicians, bullying in the adult world is called 'Assault and Battery'. So today I'm going to be childish. You better watch out Michelle, or I'll bully you. (And for you I guess that's acceptable?)

    Posted by: SFRowGuy | Jul 26, 2011 7:35:56 PM

  22. A speech does nothing, he needs to be at the table negotiatin­g in good faith.
    He's the President for Christ sake, not some community organizer rallying the troops. http://bit.ly/pdiXPD

    Posted by: minhtapia | Jul 27, 2011 4:05:32 AM

  23. The students of Bachmann's district should visit SueYourSchool.com and learn how to force change upon that school system.

    Posted by: Sue Your School | Jul 31, 2011 3:31:55 PM

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