Groups Work To Combat Bullying Against LGBT Students In D.C. Public Schools | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Groups Work To Combat Bullying Against LGBT Students In D.C. Public Schools

Play associated audio

By Matt Laslo

A survey shows gay and lesbian students in the District's public schools are reporting high levels of harassment.

Approximately a quarter of gay, lesbian and bi-sexual teens in D.C. say they get harassed by classmates. David Mariner, of the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community, says besides just test scores, D.C. officials need to focus on the well being of students.

"Students in D.C. public schools don't feel safe: Gay, Lesbian and bi-sexual students. They're more likely to skip school because they don't feel safe going to school. They're more likely to carry a weapon to school. They're more likely to be harassed and they're more likely to consider suicide," says Mariner.

Tuesday night the Southern Poverty Law Center is debuting a movie in D.C. called "Bullied" which tells the story of a gay student who was physically and mentally abused. Richard Cohen, the group's president, says the film is an attempt to educate parents and students about anti-gay harrassment, which he calls an "epidemic."

"We're coming to D.C. to issue a national call and that is for every school in the country to adopt and implement an effective anti-bullying policy," says Cohen.

The center says it's sent approximately 500 copies of the movie to schools in the D.C. metro area.

NPR

No Small Feat: The NBA's Shortest Player Never Gave Up

At 5 foot 3, Muggsy Bogues holds the record as shortest player in NBA history. Criticism of his height started on the basketball courts of the Baltimore projects, and continued well into his career.
NPR

Tracing A Gin-Soaked Trail In London

Around the world, new gin distilleries are popping up like mushrooms after a rain. NPR traces the boom to its historic roots in London, which once had 250 distilleries within the city limits alone.
NPR

Ranting And Throwing Papers: An Angry Candidate Runs For Congress

State Rep. Mike Bost's rants on the Illinois House floor are the stuff viral dreams are made of. Bost says he has good reason to be upset, and wants voters to share his anger.
NPR

Israel's Solar-Powered 'Trees': For Smartphones And Community

The man-made trees are designed to create a public space where people can gather and re-charge a battery — their own and their smartphone's.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.