Gay Teen Suicide Attracts Feds' Attention (SFGate)
Those of you tracking Alameda Unified School District's implementation of an anti-gay bullying curriculum might be interested to hear that the US Department of Education is now investigating the Tehachapi Unified School District, where 13-year-old Seth Walsh committed suicide this September after being harassed for being gay.
The investigators have interviewed students, teachers and administrators in Tehachapi, a small town located between Bakersfield and Mojave, down in Kern County. "They put this on their very important list, their priority list," the boy's mother, Wendy Walsh, told the Associated Press. "Obviously, there must be a big problem that needs to be addressed, and it isn't just around Seth. It's the whole nation."
At issue is whether the district took steps to counter the anti-gay bullying directed at the 13-year-old boy once his mother and grandmother reported it. Federal civil rights laws don't cover sexual orientation, but they do cover discrimination and harassment based on gender stereotypes.
Complete article at SF Gate : http://bit.ly/dKqhmY