Tennessee’s ‘Gays are Dirty’ Education Bill; Tyler Clementi’s Dorm-mate Bully Charged with a Hate Crime; and Two More Bullied Minnesota Teens Commit Suicide

Three national news stories about unrelenting gay-hate directed at students in schools hit my in box yesterday and I just can’t ignore them.

At the same time I don’t have the time to really think them through deeply by blogging about them today. So I’ll pass them along and you can know that I am thinking about them, as I expect you are too.

1.) Don’t Say Gay Bill Clears Senate Panel Tennessee
KNOXNEWS article excerpt:

NASHVILLE – After some convoluted maneuvers, a Senate committee Wednesday approved a bill that will prohibit teachers from discussing homosexuality in kindergarten through eighth-grade classrooms.

2.) Roommate Faces Hate Crime Charges in Rutgers Case New Jersey
New York Times excerpt:

A New Jersey grand jury on Wednesday indicted the roommate of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers University freshman who killed himself in September, on hate-crime charges in using a webcam to stream Mr. Clementi’s romantic encounter with another man on the Internet in the days before the suicide.

…“The grand jury indictment spells out cold and calculated acts against our son Tyler by his former college roommate,” they said in a new statement. “If these facts are true, as they appear to be, then it is important for our criminal justice system to establish clear accountability under the law.” Statement released by Mr. Clementi’s parents, Joseph and Jane Clementi.

3.)  Suicide Pact: Minnesota Teens Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz Commit Suicide at Slumber Party  Minnesota

Two eighth grade 14-year-old girls committed suicide:

From the Huffington Post:

After repeatedly indicating that they were bullied and felt ostracized, Paige Moravetz and Haylee Fentress took their lives at a sleepover in what family members believe was a suicide pact.

And from ABC news from Marshall excerpt: 

The two girls were so close, Haylee had hyphenated her last name on Facebook to include Paige’s last name.

Haylee was recently expelled from school for defending Paige during a fight in school, Settle said.

Calls and emails to the Marshall School District to confirm this were not returned.

“That was really weighing on her, missing her friends and being excluded from school. She felt like she was defending herself and her friend,” Settle said.

So there you have it North, South, and East… if I had a little more time I’d pull up a West Coast story of anti-gay hate and bullying in schools to cover the U.S. map.

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