Led by 16-year-old Leanne Iskander, students at St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga (in southern Ontario) were snubbed by administrators when they asked to set up a gay-straight alliance because, they were told by principal Frances Jacques, “There’s already supports in place at the school, such as guidance counsellors. Also, a GSA is premature for your age.” Except the kids who asked for a GSA are now proving why the school should be encouraging them to set one up: Ever since their request went public, these kids are now being picked on by classmates.
Turned down in their bid to start a gay-straight club, students at a Mississauga Catholic high school say they are being bullied by peers for even asking for the club. “It’s very upsetting and just shows why we really need a GSA (gay-straight alliance),” said Grade 11 student Taechun Menns, one of the group asking for the club, who said a classmate at St. Joseph Secondary School took a gay newspaper he was reading in class and threw it in the garbage.
However, Menns said students have been assured the school is investigating the backlash, which includes a student posting an Old Testament quote against homosexuality as his Facebook status that drew more than 60 “likes” or nods of approval. The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board “takes bullying very seriously and is investigating those allegations right now,” said spokesperson Bruce Campbell, who would not give details.
Ya know what would be a great idea for LGBT students who are struggling with bullying at school? A place for them to meet together to find some solidarity, and plan a strategy to counter their tormenters!
In the meantime, may I present to you the school’s own “trailer,” because this is what school resources should be used on:
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