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ERIC Number: ED498254
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 32
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 73
Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Students: Legal Issues for North Carolina Schools
Hall, Will
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The purpose of the report is to inform students, parents, school personnel, and officials of the legal issues related to harassment, bullying, and discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students. This report describes existing research on the current school climate for LGBT youth as well as the harmful effects of harassment, bullying, and discrimination. While existing statewide laws and policies do not effectively protect LGBT youth in school, several federal statutes are described in relation to protection of LGBT students from harassment, bullying, and discrimination. Several descriptions of court cases where schools and school personnel failed to fulfill their legal obligations are also included. Based on findings showing a hostile school climate for LGBT youth and inadequate statewide laws and policies, we recommend the following: (1) education policymakers and government officials pass comprehensive laws and policies to better protect students, (2) school officials provide specialized training for school personnel, and (3) school officials conduct regular school climate assessments to inform and guide efforts to improve the climate for all students. The following are appended: (1) NC Basic Education Program Law; (2) NC Policy Against Harassment, Bullying, & Discrimination; (3) Lawsuits Against School Districts & School Personnel; and (4) State & National Resources. [This report was produced by Safe Schools NC.]
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina