Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty is supporting a new government bill that would require all schools in the territory to allow the formation of Gay-Straight Alliances.
Referencing the old schoolyard chant about “sticks and stones,” McGuinty (left) said “Actually names really do hurt—in fact, they can be very dangerous. They can ultimately lead to, as we seen the worst cases, some young people taking their own lives. So we’re saying we’re going to profit from recent experience… and send a strong signal to all our kids we’re going to respect you for who you are.”
The bill wouldn’t automatically rename any school groups, it would simply give students the option to identify their club as a GSA if they wanted to.
Religious organizations, predictably, are fighting the measure: “In our view, the word itself is a distraction,” said Marino Gazzola of the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association. And Archbishop Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto says Catholic schools already have methods to handle bullying that don’t contradict Christian values.
Judging from how the Catholic Church handles all its other problems, we assume those “methods” involve shipping the bully to another school district.