Saturday, February 17, 2007

Another school bullying incident; House Bill 64.

While the legislature sits on the School Bullying Bill (House Bill 64) to exempt homosexuals, our children remain in danger. The General Assembly failed to pass the same bill last year.

Attached is 6th letter (similar) Kentucky Equality Federation has sent to schools across Kentucky in February 2007 alone on behalf of parents. This particular incident involves Conner High School in Boone County.

letter was sent VIA overnight mail to Conner High School on behalf of a parent (see attached; name deleted to protect privacy) on Friday. Her son has been assaulted and called names on a daily basis for the past two years.

This letter to the principal, superintendant, and the Kentucky Department of Education, states:

Being called “faggot,” “freak boy,” and “freak” over a period of approximately two years is unacceptable, requiring immediate correction by Conner High School.

As educators you have a constitutional and moral obligation to protect the emotional, physical, and mental wellbeing of the students under your care.

Though we offer our assistance in any fashion you may deem appropriate let there be no mistake as to our position on this matter; the school district, school, principal, every teacher, and every staff member at Conner High School shall be held legally ccountable for the educational, physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing of name deleted.

As a joint citizen of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the United States name deleted is entitled to protection under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution; this means Conner High School has a duty to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students from harassment on an equal basis with all other students.

Title IX of the Equal Protection Clause also prohibits gender-based harassment, including harassment on the basis of a student’s failure to conform to stereotyped notions of masculinity and femininity.

Title IX also permits lawsuits to be filed to sue for money damages in state or federal court.

Kentucky Equality Federation hereby demands corrective action be initiated immediately by Conner High School to protect name deleted educational, physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. Should specific, detailed corrective action not be taken by Conner High School, Kentucky Equality Federation will sue the school district for violating the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution as well as the Kentucky Education Reform Act.
If you haven't signed the petition to ask the Kentucky House of Representatives to pass House Bill 64 without amendments, click here.


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