They were bullied by other students and harassed by administrators when they complained. RawStory:
A gay teenager who is graduating from the North Bend High School in Oregon has written an account of vicious bullying she received at school — along with the school administration’s total indifference to how she was being treated. Writing over at the ACLU’s website, graduating senior Liv Funk chronicles being called homophobic slurs by her classmates, as well as one male student who physically abused her by hitting her with his skateboard.
The bullying got so bad that she finally went to her school’s resource officer—but she found to her horror that he wasn’t about to do anything to help her. “He said that if I’m going to be an open member of the LGBT community that I should prepare for things like this,” she writes. “The officer said that being gay was a choice, and it was against his religion. He said that he had homosexual friends, but because I was an open homosexual, I was going to hell.”
My husband was brutally bullied in high school. When his parents complained his school's administrators blamed my husband for the violence: "If your son is going to walk like that and dress like that and talk like that, that's what he's going to get." When we spoke at his old high school in decades later, in 2011, his old high school's current principal offered a formal and public apology to my husband—and my big, tall, opinionated, take-no-shit husband was overcome.
While anti-LGBT bullying remains a huge problem (and getting worse under Trump), I'd like to think some progress has been made. I'd like think that fewer public school administrators are complacent or complicit in anti-LGBT bullying—and that fewer would blame the victims of anti-LGBT bullying for the taunts and violence they're enduring. That obviously wasn't the case at North Bend High School. But I'm happy to report (or relay) that story has a happy ending:
North Bend High School principal Bill Lucero and school resource officer Jason Griggs are being removed from their jobs in the district's settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon. The firings come after complaints from former and current students, including Liv Funk and Hailey Smith, about suffering anti-LGBTQ harassment and discrimination from classmates and administration.
LGBT students have rights and, thanks to the ACLU, they have lawyers—when will public school administrators get it through their thick heads? (Join me in making a small thank-you donation to the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.)