Monday, 04 July 2011 22:19

Majority Of LGBT Students In Minnesota Are Bullied

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A new survey realized in Minnesota shows that most of the LGBT students have been bullied at school, this harassment was based on their sexual orientation.

"More needs to be done to ensure that LGBT students are safe and have an equal opportunity to learn," said Dr. Joseph Kosciw, a senior director with the New York-based Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, which produced the survey data in the Startribune.

47% have suffered a light physical harassment i.e. they were 'only' pushed and 19% were physically attacked (kick,…).
10 students out of 8 have suffered a verbal harassment.

And even if almost all the students identified a supportive teacher, only 34% regards the anti-bullying protection as correct within their school.

In another survey on the same subject but for all the country, we can see that, when an anti-bullying protection is very strong in the school, there is less harassment.

The problem in Minnesota is that not a lot of LGBT students report their harassment to their parents or school's officials. I can understand that it is not easy but, at the same time, you should not hesitate to do it, to speak about it because it can push the school to act against bullying.
I think that if you cannot speak about it with the school's officials or wih your parents, to contact a LGBT organization in your state could be a great idea because then, they will be able to contact the school and ask for more protections.