A reader writes:
While I love Dan Savage, I have to disagree with his statement that "We can’t help them," referring to LGBT youth being bullied in high schools. There is absolutely something we can do.
In 1995, Lambda brought a case on behalf of Jamie Nabozny against the high school that allowed him to be relentlessly and brutally bullied for four years. Students urinated on him, pretended to rape him during class, and when they found him alone kicked him so many times in the stomach that he required surgery. Although they knew of the abuse, school officials said at one point that Nabozny should expect it if he’s gay. For the first time, in this case, a court issued an opinion finding that a public school could be held accountable for not stopping antigay abuse. The case went back to trial and a jury found the school officials liable for the harm they caused to Nabozny. The case then settled for close to $1 million.
We need a national campaign to sue the crap out of these schools. The disgusting and bigoted principals and administrators may be afraid to stand up for a gay kid, but they won't hesitate to protect themselves against a six figure damages claim.