Friday, January 9, 2009

Milwaukee's Alliance School Protects Students From Bullying. Ain't It Horrible?

Publications of the religious right (see here and here) are shocked at Milwaukee's December decision to expand the Alliance High School of Milwaukee, a charter school, to serve middle school students. Why?

As stated on the school's Web site,
"The Alliance High School of Milwaukee serves the needs of students who are not succeeding in the traditional high school environment due to harassment, intimidation, physical and/or emotional abuse. It is a safe place, where students are treated fairly at all times, regardless of sexuality, appearance, ability, or beliefs."
As such, it tends to attract LGBT students who have been harassed in other public school environments. Alliance, naturally, does not tolerate such harassment and encourages students to stand up for themselves.

Horrible, isn't it?

Articles quote Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute, a conservative Christian group, as saying, "This is not an issue for public schools."

It's not okay to provide kids with an environment free of bullying, but it is okay to tell government-funded institutions that they should violate the Constitution by imposing your religious views on others?

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