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⇒How can all students be protected from bullying in Missouri schools?

  • Fact: Missouri LGBT students frequently hear homophobic, sexist, and offensive remarks regarding their gender expression.*
  • Fact: Most LGBT students have been victimized at school; reporting of incidents are limited and when reported, offending parties are not reprimanded.
  • Fact: Most LGBT students in Missouri do not have access to support or resources.

Anti-bullying legislation passed in 2006, but failed to include a list of students most often singled out and targeted for bullying. Without such a list in the law, school districts, administrators, and teachers do not have a clear understanding or training in how to recognize and handle all bullying situations. The Safe Schools Act would clarify these issues and reduce the negative impact of bullying upon LGBT students.

*The above information comes from the GLSEN School Climate Survey compiled from Missouri students. To view the report, click here.

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