LGBT group says District 51 "ahead of the curve" in anti-bullying efforts

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- An anti-bullying group says School District 51 is ahead of the curve when it comes to making schools safe for all students.

Thursday, One Colorado, which supports LGBT students, held a forum to discuss ways to help put a dent in the bullying problem.

The group says School District 51 is one of the first school districts in Colorado to include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination policies and they're pleased the district has a community group that's currently reviewing anti-bullying policies in schools.

One Colorado also applauded the District for revising its policies to include cyber-bullying as well.

They say bullying is real problem for LGBT students on the Western Slope and they hope efforts like these continue to grow.

"Having the open discussion about it is important," said Heidi Hess, Western Slope Field Organizer for One Colorado. "Putting a name to it and being able to have a safe space to discuss it too."

One Colorado is also praising a new state law that presents a more clear definition of bullying and creates a grant program to fund anti-bullying programs in schools.

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  • by James on Sep 24, 2011 at 12:12 AM
    Now could the district implement a Gay/Straight/Alliance club where young people can come together to discuss the issues of bullying and educate the staff and educators on how to address the topic of homosexuality in our schools today. As a graduate student of GJHS student and ex gay man for 23 years it seemed like the administration never cared nor respected the GLBT students and I would like to see the schools make room for a GSA safe haven in the schools. because past attempts have failed and students need a safe place to go to talk to someone who may have similar issues
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