Video: Gay Indiana Teen & Mother Speak Out About Bullying, Violence



Fox 59 in Indiana has a video report about attacks on an openly gay teen, identified as W.R., in the Perry Township School District. [An August 23rd article on IndyStar.com provides additional details.]



Though it’s not mentioned in the video or written report, a bit of web research reveals that the school district lacks clear policies when it comes to harassment and bullying based on sexual orientation and gender identity. On the one hand, the district does include “sexual orientation” and “gender identification” in a non-discrimination statement that appears in its handbook of Student Rights, Responsibilities, Rules and Regulations (page 29). But the handbook’s policy on harassment (page 6) is less inclusive, or at least less specific when it comes to anti-LGBT bullying: The policy prohibits “harassment of any type including, but not limited to, sexual harassment and harassment based on race, gender, national origin, age, disability, or religion,” but it does not expressly mention harassment based on “sexual orientation” or “gender identity.”

Like most states, unfortunately, Indiana does not explicitly require school districts to include “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” in anti-bullying policies.

MK