When I started reading the article, Safe Spaces, I realized right away what the article was going to be about. As I went through certain parts of the text about LGBT it made me think a lot about when I was in high school. Especially when the article spoke about a fifteen year old boy, freshman, who committed suicide because of his sexual orientation. Though, when I read this it did not really shock me because I think most teenage suicidal accidents happen because of bullying and sexual orientation. As I look back on my high school years, I can say bullying was a main subject talked about in my school. Though, students did not always listen or care, and would proceed to bully certain students that were an easy target. Not many students in my high school were LGBT, but the percentage that were, I would say were bullied. It wasn’t out of control bullying, but it was definitely hurtful, and thankfully students were disciplined for their actions. The only time students really talked about gender and sexualities I think was in gym class or health, which is part of the problem because subjects like this aren’t discussed enough. Teachers and educators need to focus more on diversity and social sensitivity inside the classrooms to prevent the bullying atmosphere that schools are living in today. I feel like the article discussed a lot of this, but at the same time, issues are still happening. As students get older, and into their teenage years, I feel like that is the worst age group for bullying. That is why the topic of LGBT needs to be brought up to students of all grades starting in elementary school, so they aren’t so sheltered and are aware of different people in the world.
* Does anyone else share the same opinion? Or have you witnessed this bullying issue in your own school years?