One of six students who went to court to challenge Annoka Hennepin School District’s former gay gag rule has released an inspiring video explaining why she felt she had to take action.
Hear Ebonie Richardson talk about how she and others were bullied and called names and how she felt that the schools “neutrality” policy on not affirming homosexuality left her open to harassment and physical attacks without hope of school officials taking appropriate action.
In early March the school district settled the federal suit and the federal investigation over the school district’s policy.
In the agreement, the school district entered into a consent decree that “recognizes the District’s continuing commitment to addressing and preventing harassment of all students, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender non-conforming students and those perceived as such in district schools.”
The policy itself was replaced last month with a policy designed to generate “a respectful learning environment in which teachers facilitate student discussions of contentious topics in a balanced and impartial manner.”
Despite the settlement the School District still maintains that it did nothing wrong and that it acted appropriately when instances of bullying arose.
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