Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Canada: Where Gay Teens are Terrorized
Canada 2009. And in our high schools the terror goes on and on.
High schools are "the land that time forgot" in the ongoing battle to eradicate homophobia, says an educator researching the harassment of gay and lesbian teens in Canada's school system.
Taylor says the findings of their first phase are not surprising: the vast majority of gay and lesbian students who responded to the survey reported verbal homophobic attacks in their high school — sometimes physical abuse — and could identify areas of their school where they don't feel safe, such as washrooms, gym change rooms and hallways.
And almost nobody gives a damn.
"It's a non-issue for so many people these days. They don't recognize how bad the situation is for so many people. Kids are being tormented and terrorized, and very little is being done about it."
Oh boy how depressing. Why don't people care. Why do I write about it? Is it a gay thing?
As well, "a lot of straight kids are bullied homophobically at school," she pointed out
I don't think so.
But can you imagine an ad campaign in Canada like this one in Britain?
Aren't British kids lucky? They get a shiny ad campaign as a back to school present, while our kids get nothing but terror.
So why DO so few Canadians care about bullied children I wonder ?
What kind of people are we ?
And what does it say about Canada?