Last week, I wrote about the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) which promotes safety in schools through its programs. Unfortunately, as a parent, you can’t assume that these programs will be put into play. Many schools don’t have the interest or the comfort level to implement those GLBT regulations often regarded as inciting controversy.
The Law and You
According to the United States Constitution’s 14th Amendment, all students are entitled to equal protection under the law. It’s too bad that some schools don’t feel obligated to intervene on your GLBT child’s behalf. According to several surveys, 4 out of 5 gay and lesbian students say they don’t know one supportive adult at school. And they report that 97% of the time the teachers ignore student harassment.
Educate the Educators
Then, how can a parent safeguard his child?
- Your first step is to check your school’s policies.
- Then make an appointment with your child’s teacher to discuss your child’s abuse.
- If you don’t get results from the teacher, next talk to the principal.
- Every time you/your child speaks to a teacher or a principal or school official or he/she files a complaint to a school administrator, keep a record. You’ll need them for your case.
Your Allies Outside The School
If teachers and administrators do nothing about the bullying, contact these GLBT-friendly organizations:
Next week, I will share with you ways you can teach your child at home to stand up to bullies. If you have found any solutions to dealing with apathetic school officials or have any reactions to this blog, please leave a comment.
When Your Child Is Gay: What You Need To Know
For more detailed advice, see book, co-authored with a mother of a gay son and a psychiatrist, Jonathan L. Tobkes, M.D.