ERIC Number: ED459297
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Zero Indifference: A How-To Guide for Ending Name-Calling in Schools.
This report discusses how to end name-calling in schools, examining derogatory expressions commonly used to refer to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Anti-LGBT slurs have become the insult of choice in today's schools, which takes a toll on LGBT students who hear the slurs endlessly and take them personally. Research shows that high percentages of LGBT students have been attacked, attempted suicide, and abused substances. Faculty and staff often contribute to the problem by failing to intervene or making homophobic comments themselves. School faculty and administrators are legally obligated to end harassment. The Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment guarantees equal protection to all citizens. Title IX of the Education Amendment Acts of 1979 prohibits sex discrimination in education programs. It also prohibits gender-based harassment. Faculty and staff must not tolerate name-calling. Effective intervention involves stopping the behavior and educating those involved (publicly or privately). Adults who respond must consider such issues as: the time and place in which the harassment occurs, the individuals involved, what to do when students are reluctant to admit that the slurs actually mean something, and the school's history with name-calling. (SM)
Descriptors: Bisexuality, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Homosexuality, Legal Responsibility, School Responsibility, School Safety, Sexual Harassment, Student Behavior, Student Rights, Teacher Responsibility, Verbal Abuse
For full text: http://www.glsen.org/ binary-data/GLSEN_ARTICLES/pdf_file/1053.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, New York, NY.
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