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October 12th, 2011
09:53 AM ET

Video: Students suffer because of “neutrality” policy

Tune in to AC360° all week for the surprising results of a study on bullying, and the “Bullying: It Stops Here” town hall on Friday, October 14 at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

The Anoka-Hennepin school district in Minnesota does not allow teachers to discuss homosexuality in school. Gay, or perceived to be gay, students say the so-called “neutrality” policy creates a toxic environment for them. Four teens, who are suing the district to get the policy changed, recently spoke to Anderson Cooper about the horrors they face every single day. The district declined to speak to AC 360° about their allegations, citing the ongoing litigation but, in May the district’s superintendent Dennis Carlson defended the policy to CNN saying, “All the students come with parents in this community and parents have a wide range of beliefs. We serve them all.”

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  1. S Rosenzweig

    There must be zero tolerance for bullying, period ! A "Neutrality" policy would only allow bullying to intensify.

    October 12, 2011 at 11:17 am |
  2. Sandra McLeod Humphrey

    That was a very poignant and much-needed bullying segment Sunday night. I'm so glad that you and other public figures are taking a stand and doing what you're doing to address this social issue–all our kids and grandkids deserve to be protected both in school and on the Internet. Thanks so much!

    October 12, 2011 at 11:09 am |