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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