A high school classmate of mine recently created one of the best Facebook groups that I’ve seen in a very long time. Now, I’m a fan of stores like Sephora and groups like Human Rights Campaign, but Write Your Principal came at the perfect time.The page explains, “we’re encouraging people disheartened and distressed by the deaths of five young men who took their own lives in part because of anti-GLBTQ bullying in September to write letters to their high school principals. Will you join us?” This group is quickly becoming popular, and the people that work on it are more than happy to help people that aren’t sure what to do.
As soon as I saw my friend write about this on her Facebook (before it was even a group), I felt the need to write to my former high school. I am 27 years old and went to a small, all girls parochial school. I have been surprised by the number of my classmates that came out since we have graduated who have told me that they would never have been comfortable disclosing their sexuality. Things are only worse now. If you are not familiar with the most recent tragedy, Dr Debby wrote a moving piece on the death of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi .While I know a chance is not going to occur overnight, my heart breaks for the teenagers who need help or for someone to listen.
I encourage you, regardless of your sexual orientation, if you believe in supporting this cause to please write to your principal. This isn’t just about you as a person, but those that you care about and love. No one should ever be bullied, but they should never feel so threatened that the best option is taking their own life. While one letter might not be enough to encourage a principal or a school (you never know though!), enough letters will hopefully get the point across that something needs to be done.
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