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I Am Who I Am Essay

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My topic has become a big part in the United States today. The gay rights topic has made many head-linning news stories in the past few years. The bullying and suicides in the Anoka, Minnesota school district has made an impact on so many peoples lives and made them think about their decisions. The Anoka-Hennepin school district serves the areas of Anoka, Champlin, Coon Rapids, and parts of Andover, Blaine, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Dayton, Fridley, Ham Lake, Nowthen, Oak Grove and Ramsey.
A story that really stood out to me was the story of Justin Aaberg. He was just going to start school at Anoka High School when his mother asked "So are you sure you are gay?" Justin first replied ...view middle of the document...

Many people don't think about their actions or even the words they say when they are mad.
There were so many people involved in this tragedy; students, parents, the school district, The U.S. Department of Justice, The Office for Civil Rights, and even The U.S. Department of Education, etc. This whole thing started when the school board had a meeting about a policy on how teachers should stay neutral when it comes to the LGBT people/student issue in the school. The school had a 5 page Anti-Bullying policy which did not work because they still got criticism for their sexual orientation curriculum policy.On February 13, 2012 the sexual orientation curriculum policy was repealed and replaced by a vote of 5-1. There was once a petition signed by 140,000 students saying "No student should feel threatened or unsafe at school, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender students. Representative Michele Bachmann has an obligation to the constituents she represents to speak out, and do everything she can to stop the dangerous trend of suicides in her district." The superintendent of the school district Dennis Carlson claims that "None of the suicides were connected to...

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