Midland AR School District official will resign over anti-gay comments

The Midland School Board Vice-President who made remarks suggesting that gay kids should commit suicide will resign. Clint McCance told Anderson Cooper just a few minutes ago that he will resign from the school board. He also expressed sorrow for the hurt he caused the families of recent suicides. He acknowledged that he said "hateful and hurtful" things. Video is here.Yesterday, the Midland School District issued this statement on the district website:October 27, 2010 For Immediate … [Read more...]

NPR on bullying and religious controversies

Barbara Bradley Hagerty wrote a segment on NPR today titled,  Religious Undercurrent Ripples In Anti-Gay Bullying. Go check it out; you will recognize her interviewees and she does a nice job of covering several perspectives.Consider Justin Anderson, who graduated from Blaine High School outside Minneapolis last year. He says his teenage years were a living hell. From sixth grade on, he heard the same taunts."People say things like 'Fags should just disappear so we don't have to deal with t … [Read more...]

Department of Education releases bullying prevention guidance

I have no time to read the new materials coming out today but wanted to get them posted for later discussion...U.S. Department of EducationOffice of Communications & Outreach, Press Office 400 Maryland Ave., S.W.Washington, D.C. 20202FOR RELEASEOct. 26, 2010Contact: Public Affairs(202) 401-1576GUIDANCE TARGETING HARASSMENT OUTLINES LOCAL AND FEDERAL RESPONSIBILITY White House to Convene Conference on Bullying Early Next Year        WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of … [Read more...]

Youth suicide in Indiana; school asks for help identifying bullying

This time the scene is Hamilton, IN and the victim is Marcus Bell, 14. The tragedy happened last week.His father reported that he was being bullied, but there is uncertainty about the relationship to the suicide, according to this report from the Indianapolis Star.FISHERS, Ind. -- A moment of silence was held this morning at Hamilton Southeastern High School in memory of a freshman who took his own life last week.HSE officials still aren't releasing many details about the … [Read more...]

Golden Rule Pledge releases bullying prevention lesson plans for church youth groups

News ReleaseFor immediate release – 10.20.10Golden Rule Pledge releases bullying prevention lesson plans for church youth groupsFree downloads help church groups prevent bullying, speak against anti-gay harassmentOn a day when many people are speaking out against bullying, the Golden Rule Pledge is releasing materials which can be used by churches to help prevent youth bullying.  Available for free download on the Golden Rule Pledge website, these lesson plans and class ac … [Read more...]

It gets better: A Christian speaks out against anti-gay bullying

On 10.20.10, the Golden Rule Pledge is partnering with the National Bullying Prevention Month to raise awareness among people of faith about bullying prevention.  Later today, I am going to post a link here and on the Golden Rule Pledge website to some resources which I hope will be of use to youth leaders in talking to youth groups about becoming part of the solution to school bullying. One resource I am going to include on that page is the following video from the You Tube page of The Poultry P … [Read more...]

Carl Walker-Hoover’s mom speaks her mind

I can't add much to this statement from Sirdeaner Walker.At some point, it might occur to the religious conservatives who are blaming the victims for their distress that they are talking largely to themselves.Perkins says:Some homosexuals may recognize intuitively that their same-sex attractions are abnormal--yet they have been told by the homosexual movement, and their allies in the media and the educational establishment, that they are "born gay" and can never change. This--and not … [Read more...]

Golden Rule Pledge joins National Bullying Prevention Month as national partner

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and various organizations support this initiative via awareness and shared vision for bullying prevention.Recently, the Golden Rule Pledge was listed as a national partner on the organization’s website.To do our part, I am asking church youth leaders to designate some time the week of October 20, 2010 (10.20.2010) to call on students to see bullying prevention as part of our witness. If anyone keeps the Golden Rule, it should be people of f … [Read more...]