School administrators were
taught how they can better handle lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender bullying and discrimination at a public forum held Monday evening at Parkland College. East Central Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, a subdivision of Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, sponsored the event, and the panel consisted of LGBT students, teachers and administrators.
“There are very few schools that actually teach their teachers how to intervene when there’s gay bullying going on or even how to talk about it with students,” said Sarah Schriber, policy director for the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance. “That’s what we’re really focusing on.”
“The Illinois State Board of Education is committed to the success of its students: academically, socially and emotionally,” he said.Illinois Superintendent of Education Christopher Koch addressed the crowd of about 300 people on how schools need to be doing more to create a safe and comfortable learning environment for LGBT students.
“But in order to succeed in these ways, students must feel emotionally and physically safe in school and must feel that school personnel will do everything necessary to keep them safe......”
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Posted by De Sube at 11/03/2009 08:41:00 AM