Target: Dr. Erica Kolat, Superintendent of McGuffey School District
Goal: Expel high school students accused of bullying and harassing gay students.
Gay students at McGuffey High School in Claysville, Pennsylvania are allegedly being bullied and threatened by a roving gang of homophobic students as part of a series “Anti-Gay Day” protests. This kind of behavior cannot be tolerated in schools. Demand that all the students found responsible for this harassment be expelled at once.
In response to McGuffey High School’s observance of the “Day of Silence,” a nationally-recognized day of commemoration for gay students who endure harassment and bullying at school, a group of students allegedly decided to organize an “Anti-Gay Day” to voice their disapproval. The students involved in the homophobic protest, which has now gone on for more than a day and is planned to continue into the foreseeable future, identified themselves by wearing matching shirts and writing “Anti-Gay” on their hands.
Allegations of the group’s behaviors are disturbing. According to some students, these anti-gay activists have been harassing gay students, shoving them in hallways and putting identifying posters on their lockers. Local news organizations are even reporting that they are distributing a “lynch list” to the student body, presumably identifying gay students for violence.
The alleged actions of these homophobic students have many gay students rightfully afraid to attend school, but thankfully the school district is investigating them. Sign the petition below to demand that all the participants found to have partaken in this “Anti-Gay Day” harassment and violence be expelled immediately for the safety of the student body.
Dear Superintendent Kolat,
I am writing you today regarding the accusations being leveled against the McGuffey High School students participating in the “Anti-Gay Day” protests. I am encouraged by your district’s investigation into them, and I hope you will take appropriate action against any and all students found responsible.
Ironically, schools observe the Day of Silence to acknowledge the harassment and bullying gay students are forced to endure during their education, and to remember those who have committed suicide as result of it. The alleged activity of this Anti-Gay Day gang—physically shoving gay students, marking gay students’ lockers with posters, passing out a “lynch list” of gay students to the student body—is just the kind of bullying that forces so many gay adolescents and teenagers to kill themselves.
Not only are these anti-gay student activists putting their gay peers at the high school in immediate danger of violence, they are also contributing to the homophobic culture that makes the gay community so vulnerable to begin with. Such actions cannot and should not be tolerated in your schools. I demand that if your investigation reveals which students have been active in this protest, you expel them from McGuffey High School immediately.
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