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Sabrina Schlichting Wants Her High School Adorned In Blue To Fight Bullying

Speaking of awesome kids like Michigan’s Graeme Taylor, let’s meet Sabrina Schlichting. She’s a fellow 14-year-old from Minnesota, and rather than let anti-gay bullying at Lincoln High School go unnoticed by administrators, she’s organizing “Blue Days” where she and classmates wear blue (not purple?) tees in support of bullied kids. The 4-foot-11 freshman had her first one on Wednesday. This girl rocks.

“Bruises and bangs, those may heal but sometimes people’s hearts don’t heal,” says Sabrina, who’s been bullied herself growing up in Lake City. “Sometimes when they hear hurtful things, they can’t find the strength inside to say, ‘Oh that’s not true.'” Sabrina says she isn’t the popular girl at

But unlike administrators at the Pennsylvania high school who were completely unaware any bullying was taking place (let alone the kind that would drive Brandon Bitner to kill himself), Sabrina’s principal appears well aware of the bullying environment — and is applauding her efforts. “I think back to when we were freshmen and I was her age, and I honestly don’t think I would have the courage to do this,” says Principal Greg Berge. (The school had to agree to let the local news cameras film in the school, which shows additional support for Sabrina’s efforts.)

A round of applause for brave chicks like Sabrina, who care little about climbing high school’s painful social ladder. She just wants to see her classmates be able to walk to class without getting picked on. How … novel.

By:           John Rogers
On:           Nov 14, 2010
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  • 24 Comments
    • kernelt
      kernelt

      the power of today youth for tolerant and equality earn itself a standing ovation…

      Nov 14, 2010 at 2:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alan brickman
      alan brickman

      Gays aren’t the only ones getting bullied..and my four bullies were all gays in the closet….press fail now…

      Nov 14, 2010 at 3:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alan brickman
      alan brickman

      not one of them played sports by the way….

      Nov 14, 2010 at 3:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alan brickman
      alan brickman

      what happened to purple day???

      Nov 14, 2010 at 3:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • the crustybastard
      the crustybastard

      One young woman’s grasp of the Equal Protection Clause and the central tenets of Christianity surpasses 99.9% of all American politicians and clergy.

      Very impressive, Ms Schlichting.

      Nov 14, 2010 at 4:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stefan
      Stefan

      I have great comfort knowing people like her are the latest coming of age voters.

      Nov 14, 2010 at 6:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joe
      Joe

      I feel like purple was a poor color choice to begin with. Blue is definitely a color that people are more likely to have and are more willing to wear.

      Nov 14, 2010 at 7:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alan brickman
      alan brickman

      but then with blue…maybe people wouldn’t know you were supporting this action…purple is the color of passion and a definate statement color…but she’s on the right track too…

      Nov 14, 2010 at 8:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Howard Simonsen
      Howard Simonsen

      Sabrina is magnificent, but this post is further proof that Queerty is run by a bunch of illiterates. Neither the article or the video clip says a word about wearing blue to support “LGBT” kids, nor is there any indication that she is lesbian or was bullied because she was perceived to be a lesbian. She is a bullied girl who is speaking out against bullying. Period.

      It is still a great story, but you have to wonder why Queerty, which does no original journalism or reportage of any kind, can’t even accurately recap the work of real journalists.

      Nov 14, 2010 at 9:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Andy B
      Andy B

      When I organised a anti-discrimination week at my school (in New Zealand) earlier this year we chose the colour blue because it is an anti-bullying colour against all bullying – not just homophobia as purple tends to be (as it is derived from the rainbow flag). Whilst really the whole impetus behind the event was homophobia (which I have been lucky to never really face too seriously – they’re too scared cause I’ll fuck them up through the school system), I was sick of seeing people bullied because of their sexuality, but we couched it in the terms of other types of bullying as well because it actually enhances the message in my opinion and it is also not as divisive within a community (of course, the vast majority of NZers are highly accepting… but teenage boys… not so much….).

      I think you’d be surprised at how positive young people are towards gay people – we can’t necessarily view all these cases as an epidemic of bullying that the majority of teenagers participate in. There actually is an element of growing up involved – except for when it gets to really serious bullying. I know some of you don’t believe that it is about growing up, but there is a level of homophobia that straight teenage boys feel when they’re about 13-15 and it GOES AWAY(!) by the time they’re about 17 or 18. Trust me, I’ve watched it happen over the past five years and am a lot closer to this than many of you guys. This sort of homophobia is an indiscriminant sort of homophobia that isn’t really serious, so like people calling an LGBT person a ‘fag’ once in a while, but there is actually no real hate there.

      But then there’s serious bullying (like physical violence and intense targeted bullying) and that’s another story. But that often isn’t directed at LGBT people exclusively (in NZ), but is directed at anyone…. gay, straight, trans, fa’afafine, takaatapui (whose heard of those sexualities before? Mmm?) and often just normal people who say that wrong thing.

      In my experience, fighting against homophobia requires that all bullying be fought against. Success is improbable until the consciousness of everyone has been raised towards bullying… cause half the time people don’t even realise what they say is hurtful.

      Anyway, that’s just my highschool experience.

      Nov 14, 2010 at 10:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hotone2me
      hotone2me

      YOU GO Girl!!!

      Nov 14, 2010 at 10:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Theo
      Theo

      Awesome kid. I wish I have a kid like her.

      Nov 14, 2010 at 11:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Michael
      Michael

      It would be nice for some of the boys to follow her foot steps.

      Nov 15, 2010 at 12:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • crazy
      crazy

      “gays arent the only ones that get bullied”

      when it comes to sexual orientation, gays and bis get bullied for it
      straight people dont get bullied for being Straight

      straight people get bullied for everything else..which also gay people get bullied for too (race, weight, apperance, etc)

      but were talking about sexual orientation here

      Nov 15, 2010 at 6:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Franco
      Franco

      I wish I had this courage when I was in school. Bravo to these young girls and boys who are making a difference and spreading compassion.

      Nov 15, 2010 at 11:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alan brickman
      alan brickman

      Most gays do the bullying….

      Nov 15, 2010 at 2:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alan brickman
      alan brickman

      My bad…Blue is more inclusive ….Go Sabrina!!!

      Nov 15, 2010 at 2:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sabrina Schlichting
      Sabrina Schlichting

      @kernelt: Hey!! This is Sabrina thank you soo much!! :)

      Nov 15, 2010 at 6:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sabrina Schlichting
      Sabrina Schlichting

      Hey Everyone!!! This is Sabrina! I can’t believe my story is circulating the web! :) I made blue day to stop bullying but this article focuses on gay bullying only but blue day is to stand up against all bullying :) If you have any questions or comments feel free to email me :) sabrinaschlichting1@hotmail.com I just made this email account because i find your view points very interesting and would like to hear from you :) Please respect me and just if you have a different opinion than me you can email me but please dont swear or call me names I love to hear everyones opinion. The 2nd blue day is on December 14th :) Contact me at sabrinaschlichting1@hotmail.com

      Nov 15, 2010 at 6:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • declanto
      declanto

      @Sabrina Schlichting: I love that you’re being all-inclusive. Bullying hurts permanently. It’s never forgotten, seldom forgiven. Bless you, young person, our hope for a brighter future.

      Nov 16, 2010 at 5:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Shake-n-Bake
      Shake-n-Bake

      @Joe: Purple was chosen because of what it represents in the Rainbow flag: Spirit.

      Nov 16, 2010 at 9:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sabrina Schlichting
      Sabrina Schlichting

      @declanto: Thank you so much!! :) I know how badly bullying can and has impacted so many peoples lives including myself. I just thought it was time to take a stand and I am. Please wear blue on December 14th to support the second blue day to take a stand against ALLLL bullying. Any questions or comments feel free to email me. sabrinaschlichting1@hotmail.com. Have a great day :D

      Nov 16, 2010 at 5:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mikey
      mikey

      @Sabrina Schlichting: even people thrice your age would never have the courage to stand up for what you believe in. Your a very mature young lady, indeed :)

      Nov 23, 2010 at 4:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sabrina Schlichting
      Sabrina Schlichting

      @mikey: Thank you!!! :)

      Nov 23, 2010 at 6:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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