Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Gay Kids and Canada's Bully Problem
I've written so many posts about the problem of bullying in our schools, and in particular the abuse and violence aimed at gay kids.
I knew Canada had a shameful bully problem.
But this survey still shocked me.
More than two-thirds of Canadian high school students who identify themselves as homosexual, bisexual or transgendered said they felt unsafe at school, according to survey results published Monday.
One-quarter of LGBTQ respondents reported physical threats because of their sexual orientation, while over half said they'd been verbally harassed.
More than one-third of LGBTQ respondents have skipped school because they felt unsafe at the building or on their way there, compared to one-eighth of straight participants.
Forty-one per cent of LGBTQ participants reported sexual harassment, compared to 19 per cent of straight students
I suppose I shouldn't really be surprised.
So few Canadians seem to care about the problem.
And as Mark points out religious prejudice is being used to make life even harder for gay kids. By killing diversity programs.
But still I'm stunned. For once I don't know what to say.
Except that a country where so many children don't feel safe in school...and almost nobody cares...isn't the beautiful Canada I want it to be.
And of course, that this humble blog is and will always be a no-bully zone.
And I'll continue to fight the bullies and the hatemongers.
Until the whole country is one.
That's all. The rest is just hard feelings.
Or a sad song....