Two national civil rights groups say they will sue the Anoka-Hennepin school district if leaders there don’t properly address anti-gay harassment.
Lawyers for the Southern Poverty Law Center and National Center for Lesbian Rights say they have proof that Anoka-Hennepin students have been harassed for being gay or perceived as gay and that harassment violates federal law.
The letter explains that the two groups have been investigating the district and have found that students who are or perceived to be gay or lesbian are in jeopardy and in a hostile environment when they’re at school.
Sam Wolfe with the Southern Poverty Law Center said Anoka-Hennepin is breaking federal law by allowing such a culture to exist.
“On a daily basis they’re going into the schools and into the hallways — other kids are calling them names, such as ‘faggot’ and other names about either their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity,” Wolfe said. “And it’s a continual thing.”
Wolfe’s letter outlines examples of harassment of at least three unnamed current or former students, but he said it’s still open-ended as far as how many clients he’ll eventually have if a settlement can’t be reached.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta discusses the bullying and discrimination on CNN with Rosalind Wiseman, a bullying expert, and Candi Cushman, from hate-group Focus On The Family.
Read the letter from the Southern Poverty Law Center below: