SALT LAKE CITY — The family of a 14-year-old boy who say their son was bullied prior to committing suicide outside a school in a Salt Lake City suburb has reached a settlement with the school district, the two sides announced Monday.
The Phan family said their son was gay and a victim of school bullying. School officials, however, said they looked into bullying but determined he was doing well and said Phan was dealing with personal issues at home.
David Phan was released early from Bennion Junior High School in Taylorsville on Nov. 29, 2012, before he returned later and shot himself in front of students on a pedestrian bridge near the school.Instead of going to court, the two sides settled on an agreement that includes an undisclosed amount of money and assurances from the Granite School District that it will implement new practices and policies to prevent a similar event from happening, Mejia said.
The new policies include an expanded definition of what gender harassment means, Mejia said. Phan had told his family he was gay, and the family was concerned he may have been teased for not conforming to typical gender roles, Mejia said.
The district has also agreed to work with the Equity Assistance Center, an organization based in Denver that is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and available to help schools navigate race, gender and national-origin issues.
Working closely with the Phan family has helped the school district learn how it can handle communications with parents more effectively and provide a safer environment for students, said Douglas Larson, policy and legal services director for the district.
“It’s been a difficult process, but one that we hope will provide improved policies and practices,” Larson said.
In a statement released by the ACLU, the Phan family said they are pleased with the changes made already by Granite School District to address discrimination, bullying and teen suicide. The Phans say they want to honor their son’s life by working to prevent other suicides.
In a measure triggered by Phan’s death, the Utah state legislature this year passed a law that requires school officials to notify parents in writing if their children bully others or threaten suicide.
“In the wake of this incident, a lot of good things have come about,” Mejia said.
You all should be reading and supporting Wonder Woman. Money talks. but if she’s not being supported by fans then they wont come out with more new and better wonder woman content in any media.
With the debut of the all digital Sensation Comics, Diana is now starring in three regular series. Near as I can tell, this is the first time that’s happened since the 1940s.
Well that’s a shocker.
You can literally just smell the Reddit on some boys
Author John Scalzi was on a roll this morning (currently 7:14 AM, 26 Sept. 2014) with a tweet he found from some guy sending out an “ultimatum” to women to “make a choice” between feminism and, well, men like him. So Scalzi launched into a truly magnificent set of scorchers, which I’m posting here for the delectation of people everywhere.
Also: I would like to thank that guy for setting the ultimatum. It makes finding a boyfriend so much easier when the undesirable ones wear a placard identifying themselves.
What I remember most about emotional abuse is that it’s like being put in a box. How you end up in there is the biggest trick – I never managed to work that one out. Maybe you think it’s a treasure box at first: you’re in there because you’re special. Soon the box starts to shrink. Every time you touch the edges there is an “argument”. So you try to make yourself fit. You curl up, become smaller, quieter, remove the excessive, offensive parts of your personality – you begin to notice lots of these. You eliminate people and interests, change your behaviour. But still the box gets smaller. You think it’s your fault. The terrible, unforgivable too-muchness of you is to blame. You don’t realise that the box is shrinking, or who is making it smaller. You don’t yet understand that you will never, ever be tiny enough to fit, or silent enough to avoid a row
Haywire is a lot of things you could want in a female led action flick and yet the fandom chooses to fawn over the male actors & blatantly ignore the actual fucking lead character & her story. Last I checked, the number of stories about Mallory herself you could count on one hand with fingers left over but the m/m slash stories you need a couple of hands to count. And I am so disappointed in that
"nah we can’t have female leads or characters of colour or gay characters or else our show will bomb"
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